If you haven't heard of this technique that is quickly becoming popular then you are missing out!
Now to be honest, I don't quite know how to explain ASMR but my personal experience started when I was really young. I noticed that whenever my grandmother would read to me-it would create tingles in my scalp and back that felt REALLY ticklish BUT also really relaxing.
As I aged, I forgot all about that relaxing technique until a few years ago when I stumbled upon an ASMR video and learned that this was a real thing.
One of my favorite ASMR youtube artists explains it as:
When your cranial nerves receives information in the form of sight, sounds & Senses your brain may process this information as let us say a "trigger" .
When you cranial nerves find that perfect combination of "Triggers" it activates the full effect of the parasympathetic nervous system almost like a symphony neurons hitting the perfect note.
As wave after wave of feelings cascades down the nervous system down the spine and to many parts of the body I believe it may then release one or more of: oxytocin, acetylcholine, GABA, Serotonin, endorphins.
[When released it] directs into the brain and blood stream.
Instantly relaxing, clearing cortisol, adrenaline and soothing the body.
There is another side effect of this symphony that it puts the brain into an alpha state and after the person falls asleep allows them to access a deeper delta level state during sleep.
-Dmitri of https://www.youtube.com/user/MassageASMR
I know that's a mouthful, but for me, what ASMR does is simply relaxes me and it seems to raise my feelings of peace, happiness, and even sends physical sensations down by back and in my head. It comes in the forms of "tingles" that make me feel instantly warm and relaxed.
Even some celebrities are starting to get in on this awesome relaxing tool....
The best way to enjoy ASMR is with headphones and a quiet room, which is why I love to do it before bed OR while I'm working.
So try it! Some people don't notice any tingles and others notice it immediately. There are TONS of videos available with all sorts of triggers (like hair cutting, whispers, bedtime stories, flashlights....sometimes people get tingles from visual ASMR, etc.)
So have fun with it! Here a few of my favorites!