Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Mystery of the Soothing Tingles Explained

Throughout my life, for as long as I can remember, I have occasionally felt something that I couldn't really explain.

It was a warm and tingly sensation all over my head, neck, and shoulders. Often, it would feel like sinking; like I was slipping deep into myself. It was as if the things I was seeing were actually very far away, like I was slightly disconnected from my senses.

It wasn't a lack of control, I could snap out of it and regain my focus at any time...but it was pleasant, and I would usually enjoy it while it lasted.

It seemed to happen once every few months, mostly when I would be watching episodes of Bob Ross, or televised golf, or craft shows.  Sometimes even while getting a haircut, particularly when getting my neck shaved. It just seemed to happen randomly when I was feeling very relaxed, or listening to a soothing voice on TV, and it only lasted for a few minutes.

I tried to explain it to someone once, but they didn't seem to understand what I was talking about, so I never really talked about it after that. I just thought it was a weirdly random sensation.

All this changed a few days ago when I discovered an article which explained my experiences. Turns out, it is called ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response.

Awareness of this sensation is relatively new, but it is the focus of a lot of new YouTube videos that try to illicit these responses on queue.

I am absolutely fascinated by this!

I've watched a few ASMR videos online, and I have to admit that they are really weird.

So far I haven't found any videos that have produced an effect with the same intensity that I am used to, but they are still quite relaxing. I probably need to figure out what my particular triggers are, and try watching videos that focus on those.

I know this is all very strange, but I'm relieved that I finally know what it is.

I'm actually really excited to be able to explore the different avenues of ASMR to see what I respond to.  I think we could all do with a little more relaxation in life, and at the very least, it is always interesting to learn something new about yourself.

1 comment:

Emmy said...

I've never heard of this before, and I'm not sure I have it, but I have always loved certain sounds. I can recall getting a tingling sensation, mostly in my shoulders (very slight) when I hear certain sounds, but when I tried watching some of these videos, I did not get that response. I will say, these videos were so incredibly relaxing! I would start to feel myself drifting off as I would listen. I have not felt this relaxed in a good long while.

Before this comment gets too long, I think I'm going to try a few more videos, to see, as you said, if there is a certain stimulus that brings on these sensations.