Labyrinths have always been ancient symbols for healing and a path to renewal; and for good reason. Research conducted by Harvard Medical School’s Mind/Body Institute has found that focused walking meditation in a labyrinth effectively reduces anxiety.
If it's done on a regular basis, can reduce insomnia, chronic pain, blood pressure, and lead to greater powers of concentration. While a maze offers a choice of paths, dead-ends, and false starts, a labyrinth is based on a circle and offers a way to the center.
A maze challenges the cognitive "left brain" while a labyrinth appeals to the intuitive "right brain," and thus can be calming and relaxing. A maze is about the journey out, a labyrinth is about the spiritual journey.
Due to their amazing healing properties, labyrinths have been installed into many hospitals, schools, and individual residences.