Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)
“Is a term used for an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine…ASMR signifies the subjective experience of “low-grade euphoria” characterised by “a combination of positive feelings and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin”. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attentional control.” Wikipedia
I thought it might be nice to dedicate a blog to one of my favorite past times, indulging in ASMR videos.
ASMR has definitely assisted in bringing my mental and physical energy down at the end of the day. I’m not a good sleeper. I’m not entirely sure when I became a poor sleeper but I believe it started in childhood.
It was in these past 10 years or so that I began to investigate different ways to better my overall sleep experience.
YouTube has contributed vastly to communication, the visual arts, and just plain old nonsense. Some of the larger cornerstones of YouTube include DIY / how-to videos, makeup gurus, legit and not legit movies, music, and television shows, homegrown YouTube shows for children, and my personal favorite, ASMR videos.
If you’re still in doubt of what ASMR is, do you recall tingles running up and down your back? Your arms? Perhaps a tickling in the scalp? Have your clothes ever rippled in the breeze fluttering against your skin and gave you the shivers as a result? Ever have someone draw on your back causing ripples of sensations? Perhaps you’ve had your hair washed, brushed and cut causing a cascade of tingles? Ever have someone whisper in your ear? Perhaps the sounds of tapping on wood or crinkly plastic gave you the shivers? Perhaps you’ve seen shadows or hand movements that caused ripples on your scalp? That’s ASMR.
The ASMR effect can be induced via touch, sound, and sight.
My earliest memories of ASMR go back to elementary school when it was common for boys and girls to play the game, ‘what am I drawing’ or ‘what am I spelling.’ With one finger, a classmate would draw or spell on another kid’s back and they had to guess what it was. I got shivers every single time. Most people do.
ASMR is a wonderful sensation and if experienced for several minutes at a time, can induce potent relaxation in the body and mind. I’ve fallen asleep to a fare share of ASMR videos. While ASMR can be done on podcasts and other audio devices, I strongly recommend the visual aspect too. The visual plus the audio gives you two of the three avenues for ASMR exposure. Although some people are satisfied with just audio. Some folks mute the videos and prefer to just watch. What induces an individual’s ASMR is actually very personal. While I have several favorite YouTube ASMR artists, other people I know don’t respond to their voices or movements whatsoever.
There are a slew of artists and styles. I prefer ASMR artists who are vocal and make the videos personal to the audience. I dislike artists that don’t show their face, don’t speak, and use technique only; i.e. tapping, crinkling, general interactive movements that produce low volume sounds. It’s incredibly impersonal to me, but a lot of people don’t like it when artists are personable. These folks come for the ASMR inducing techniques only.
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Here’s a list of some of my favorite YouTube ASMR artists:
Olivia’s Kissper ASMR (YouTube handle)
Olivia is one of the first artists I listened to and liked immediately.
- Voice technique (soft spoken and whisper) is on point.
- Speech technique (perfect lip smack, not too much, not too little)
- Accent. For me, this is a bonus. Olivia is from the Czech Republic and her accent adds to the experience.
- Very personable. Often, I made to feel that each video is made just for me and that’s a treat.
- Unique approach. Olivia, unlike other artists, has an aim. She produces videos that come from a healing and existential point of view. Very few artists have consistent themes. While that may not be a point of interest for many, I find it distinguishes Olivia immensely. Especially as I associate the benefits of ASMR with healing and not just a trick to help me sleep.
Whispers Red ASMR (YouTube handle)
Red is another artist I picked up early.
- Excellent soft voice.
- Accent. Red lives in the UK and her accent is just lovely.
- Personable. She’s not afraid to smile and it’s genuine. Very connective.
- Red covers a variety of topics in her videos. I’m particularly fond of her tea making videos, and hair treatments.
Gentle Whispering ASMR (YouTube handle), Masha (first name)
I discovered Masha much later but I’m glad I did.
- Perfect voice. Soft or whisper, Masha nails it. It’s like her little voice dances in the ear.
- Excellent lip smack use.
- Accent. Masha is from Russia, and again, an accent just adds to the experience.
- Masha covers a wide variety of topics. She’s made some videos that I thought would never produce tingles, and boy was I wrong. She’s made towel folding videos that cause tingles. Towel folding – I’m not kidding. I really enjoy her cooking videos and when she eats. Here’s a favorite video of Masha eating.
- Masha is on and off personable. She’s not always the star of the show, sometimes she focuses on just technique.
Goodnight Moon (YouTube handle)
I’ve recently discovered this artist and I’m already a fan.
- Excellent soft voice.
- Superb visual artist. This young lady has a future in professional stage setting and more.
- Like Olivia, GM has a theme to her work. I think it’s best summarized as story telling. Sometimes a witch is giving you the tingles, a barmaid, or a hat maker. GM also makes ASMR videos without story lines, covering a variety of things.
- Personable. No matter which character is on display, you get the feeling of one-on-one connection to the character.