What is ASMR? (finally) :)

In my last post, I spoke about ASMR.  I received a comment from Julia, asking to elaborate a little on what ASMR is.

ASMR is the abbreviation for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.  The way I can best describe it, is, when someone brushes your hair, or lightly rubs your hand or face, lightly scratches your back, you may get a “tingling” sensation.  It normally begins in your scalp and may go out into your limbs.  With it comes a sense of total relaxation.  The feeling or “tingling” may be triggered by a smell, different sounds such as tapping or scratching a surface or listening to whispering, or a soft, soothing voice.  The painter/artist, Bob Ross is often used as an example.  If you’ve ever watched his television program, you know what I mean.  His voice can lull you into a state of total relaxation.  Basically, the idea behind the youtube videos being created to trigger the ASMR, is to help people gain relaxation.  Sufferers of anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, etc. can find relief with the aid of these videos.

People have stated that once they learn that it’s a “real thing”, they can remember feeling it all their lives.  I can remember being in grade school on picture day, watching one student combing a friend’s hair with one of the little black combs they used to hand out for us to use.  (That seems like 100 years ago!)  Anyhow, I would just watch, almost in a trance, until I was so relaxed I could’ve fallen out of my chair!  Another “trigger” I remember is when someone would trace the outline of my hand.  Also, going back to Bob Ross…I would turn on his show just to listen to, so I could fall asleep.

I mentioned in the previous post that you have to be a little careful out there on youtube.  There are “creeps” who try and turn this phenomenon into something other than what it is.  The youtubers that I watch and listen to are in no way portraying something distasteful.  It is therapy for me and greatly improves my rest and relaxation.  It is a wonderful aid in easing some of my fibromyalgia pain and tension.

These are my favorites…  🙂



You may feel a little weird at first…(my family has become accustomed to finding me watching someone flipping the pages of a book, or tapping on a table on youtube)…but just sit down, take a deep breath, and give it a honest try.  You might be surprised!  🙂


Ilse, the creator of “The Water Whispers”, also has a blog…  🙂