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  • Self-guided Walks


    Staying fit and healthy is just a walk in the Park! Download our free Centennial Park walking apps - available for Apple and Android smartphones. More info and download links here.

  • Swamp Closures


    Lachlan Swamp will close on days above 36C to minimise disturbance to the Flying Foxes. There will be no access to visitors.

  • Centennial Park History Book


    Our great new book on the history of Centennial Park is now on sale, and can be ordered online. Great gift idea. More info.

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Health Benefits

Labyrinth

While an ancient symbol, it is not a coincidence that many modern labyrinths are found in public parks, houses of worship, and healthcare settings.

In the last decade in the United States alone, more than 200 labyrinths have been built in hospitals. Locally, Westmead Children's Hospital in Sydney recently installed one within its grounds for patient care and rehabilitation.

There are many different therapeutic applications for the labyrinth apart from the general well-being of the community.

Various researchers around the world have studied the effects of labyrinth usage in medical settings, showing that the relaxation response brings slower breathing, a slower heart rate, and lower blood pressure (ref), and a reduction in the stress related to being ill, an improved attitude about coping with ill health, an interest in participating in treatment (ref)

More specifically, in one specific US-based example, Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington DC has recently installed a labyrinth to help veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The labyrinth is also a powerful tool for dealing with grief – a way to walk your sorrow and begin to integrate it. There are schools using the labyrinth to help children deal with Attention Deficit Disorder. The labyrinth helps them 'centre' and calm themselves and concentrate for longer periods of time (ref).

Further information

More published medical research can be found here on the effects and benefits of labyrinths on human health.