Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

Cobblestone walking exercise shown beneficial for elderly

Kunz, B. & Kunz, K.

Abstract:  This study, funded by the Oregon Research Institute (ORI), confirmed earlier findings from a pilot study that walking on a cobblestone mat surface resulted in significant reductions in blood pressure and improvements in balance and physical performance among adults 60 and older.  Compared with conventional walking, the experience of walking barefoot on the river rock-like surface of these manufactured cobblestone mats improved participants’ balance and measures of mobility, as well as reduced their blood pressure. "Cobblestone-like walking paths are common in China. The activity is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and relates to some of the principles of reflexology, in that the uneven surface of the cobblestones stimulates and regulates 'acupoints' located on the soles of the feet."  (Editor’s Note:  Although this is not a labyrinth research study, potentially it opens a new field of inquiry related to the effect of different walking surfaces on the labyrinth-walking experience.)

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