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ASMR: The New Drug-Free Anti-Anxiety Medicine!

ASMR: The New Drug-Free Anti-Anxiety Medicine!

As I was scrolling through TikTok pages one evening out of boredom, I had decided to watch some Reiki healing with gemstones.  This isn't unusual for me to look something like this up, I had a chakra cleansing performed in 2009, and it changed my life. 

So I was out here looking for something similar to that experience.  

Ting Ting ASMR coloring hair purple and pink with chalk and hair dye.As I searched both TikTok and then YouTube, I came across some videos which said, "ASMR" on them.  I thought, "Okay, now what is this?"  I had never heard of ASMR.  As I watched the video of a lady speaking soft whispers into the microphone, I became more and more interested in what this ASMR was all about. 

The woman on the video called herself 'TingTing'.  The video I was watching, interesting enough, was about Chinese Ear-Cleaning.  At that moment, I had my headphones on, and I turned them up to maximum.  The interest turned into quick euphoria as TingTing cleaned my ears "very gently" as she says.  She used several different types of brushes, and each one had its own particularly unique sound to it.  I was hooked!

What is ASMR?
ASMR is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.  Definition= A feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.

"ASMR" is triggered by things like whispering voices, paper tearing and crumbling, scalp massage, gentle hair brushing, back rubs, sitting in the chair at the eye doctor, or getting your nails or hair done, hearing someone whisper, being treated by the doctor. Sensations vary from person to person.

The whole point of ASMR is to relax you!

ASMR is something that evokes light and pleasurable tingles, sparkles, or waves of relaxation in the head, neck, and spine throughout the rest of the body.

Only 10% of people report feeling "aroused" by ASMR, so it's a rare occurrence.  Any  feelings of arousal might be due to the intense relaxation and personal attention and mental stimulation.

ASMR is experienced while watching Bob Ross.  Remember the older fellow sporting a red afro who painted, "Happy Trees" and "Pretty Little Birds".  Bob Ross is long gone, but his ASMR legacy lives on through YouTube.  

ASMR is the new thing in relaxation therapy.  

You can find so many different types of videos for your ASMR fantasies online.  TingTing happens to be my favorite.  Which one is your favorite?  What gets you off and triggers you to 'tingle'?

In short, ASMR is stimulated during moments of positive, personal attention (the Context) coupled with a gentle voice, touch, sound, and/or movement (the Triggers).

Context sets the stage for experiencing ASMR.  You are most likely to experience ASMR when a helpful and kind person is giving you calm, focused attention.  This kind person may be a clinician, teacher, hairdresser, parent, best friend, partner, or even someone you just met. 

The key aspects of this interaction are that you trust this person, feel safe, and they are doing something helpful or interesting.

Triggers are the specific stimuli that occur during this interaction.  These triggers can be the other person’s voice, the sounds they create, their touch, or the way they move their hands. 

The most important aspect of these triggers is that they are gentle and non-threatening, in other words, they are speaking softly, creating low volume sounds, touching you lightly and appropriately, and moving their hands smoothly, slowly, and predictably.

The Benefits of ASMR:
Internet videos of individuals purposely simulating real-life ASMR triggers have grown widely popular in the last few years.  Viewers find many of these videos as relaxing as real-life ASMR triggers and quite helpful for falling asleep, de-stressing, and providing comfort during a sad time.

Some individuals with clinical diagnoses of medical disorders report that these videos are helpful to their insomnia, anxiety, panic disorders and/or depression.

The evidence for the potential benefit of ASMR for stress disorders, sleep disorders, mood disorders and more is slowly growing.

Unfortunately, there is still a lot to learn about the physiology of ASMR, and the true effectiveness of ASMR for medical disorders.  That is why the mission of this website is to promote the awareness, understanding, and research of ASMR.

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