This is definitely a different type of post, in comparison to the type of things I normally publish. However, I have seen a lot of new YouTubers recently try out ASMR (such as Mark Ferris and Safiya Nygaard) which had got me feeling that perhaps this can become a lot more popular than what it appeared to be before. Ever since I heard about it, I always wanted to watch and find out a little bit more.
What is ASMR?
According to Bing, Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a feeling of well-being combined and an experience characterized by a static-like or a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck and upper spine. ASMR can be triggered by many things and of course, differs per individuals, such as whispering, paper tearing, tapping, and scalp massage.
ASMR reminds me a little bit of the work of Antonin Artaud (drama practitioner) who invented the ‘Theatre Of Cruelty’ which is a performance that included the audience. Artaud believed that gesture and movement was a lot more powerful than text. An example of his work; is one that involves the audience laying on the floor with some individuals who will make the audience feel emotions. The lights are recommended to be off. The task of the individuals is to create sounds either verbally or the use of objects to be used as a tool of sensory disruption. The idea is to make them feel this tingling sensation or goosebumps which is inevitably a real-life experience of feeling an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR).
Why does it make me feel so good?
Without this sounding very strange (and definitely NOT inappropriate), but I have always enjoyed the feeling of being touched. When I say this, I mean for things like massages, stroking of the skin and playing with my hair/a head massager. I find it rather relaxing and when I experience any of these it often makes me feel slightly sleepy. I honestly find it a great way to calm my body down, especially if I have had a stressful/busy day or if I am very anxious. Fortunately, there are now many many people (YouTubers) who have made videos that are designed to trigger ASMR; whether if that is through whispering, role-playing or the basic forms of tapping and rubbing. These are actually designed to make you feel relaxed and to experience that tingling feeling. So, if you feel this whilst you watch these videos then you have experienced an ASMR.
Here are a couple of my favourite kinds of videos to watch especially before going to sleep, as it puts my mind in a good place to have happy thoughts and dreams.
Don’t forget to wear headphones if you can as it gives a whole different perspective!
Gibi ASMR – The ASMR Sleep Clinic | Tingle Experiment
Do you like to watch ASMR videos? or Is this your first time?
Let me know in the comments below.