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Medicines (Basel). 2018 Oct 17;5(4). pii: E111. doi: 10.3390/medicines5040111.

Effects of Reflective Labyrinth Walking Assessed Using a Questionnaire.

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Academia Brasileira de Estudos em Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. danieletatianefisio@hotmail.com.
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Faculdade Brasileira de Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. danieletatianefisio@hotmail.com.
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Academia Brasileira de Estudos em Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. regis@ebramec.com.br.
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Faculdade Brasileira de Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. regis@ebramec.com.br.
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Academia Brasileira de Estudos em Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. judaniee@gmail.com.
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Academia Brasileira de Estudos em Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. romualdomelo@gmail.com.
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Academia Brasileira de Estudos em Medicina Chinesa, São Paulo 03045-002, Brazil. afonsocnn@gmail.com.

Abstract

Background: Meditation as it is currently known is an ancient practice, which can be traced back to Asian traditions. With the proper technique, a state of physical relaxation and respiratory balance can be reached naturally and spontaneously. This paper considers meditative labyrinth walking to be a unique expression of Dr. Lauren Artress' work, who studied and applied the image of the labyrinth on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. Methods: This study used a qualitative approach. It is a cross-sectional non-randomized study, conducted at an institute for psychotherapies with a sample of 30 participants. Results: 99% of the group reported feeling emotional distress caused by the feeling of a longer walk on the way out, 21% reported feeling the same while walking the path, and 41% at the beginning. The remaining participants felt lost in time and space. Conclusions: This study showed that the practice of labyrinth walking is a physical, emotional, and sensory experience. On the clinical level, correlating this experience to the planning of care seems to be particularly relevant.

KEYWORDS:

labyrinth; meditation; mind; walking meditation

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