Every once in awhile I’ll get stuck in a Youtube wormhole. I’ll be searching for reiki or meditation videos, and somehow I’ll stumble on some pretty random stuff. I found this video a few weeks ago by accident, but it was so relaxing:
It’s essentially a head massage, but I was struck by the user’s name. ASMR Massage. I was curious what ASMR stood for. I found my answer at the ASMR Research & Support site:
“ Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a physical sensation characterized by a pleasurable tingling that typically begins in the head and scalp, and often moves down the spine and through the limbs.”
Ok, that description sounds a little creepy, but basically it’s like the warm fuzzies in your head. We’ve all had those before right? Personally I experience this sensation when listening to certain sounds, people painting, tapping their nails, using an ink pen on heavy weighted paper. It’s not always sounds, I used to love having people play with my hair when I was little, shoot I’d probably pay someone to play with my hair now. It’s relaxing! I’ve become completely fascinated with ASMR. You know what’s a great example of ASMR? Bob Ross. The painter. Happy little trees:
Give it a try sometime, search ASMR on youtube, you’re bound to find something you enjoy, and they’re just essentially audio triggers.