Many strive to figure out ways to trigger ASMR (a.k.a. “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”) alone in order to enjoy the relaxing feeling that the method provides. You can create this sense of euphoria without having to use any special training or fancy equipment. Craig Richard, author of BRAIN TINGLES, describes how to accomplish these “brain-gasms.”
What Is ASMR?
ASMR stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.” That’s a fancy term to describe that enjoyable and relaxing tingly feeling some people experience on their scalps, heads, and rest of their bodies from time to time. Although not everyone experiences it, many people across the globe—men and women of all ages and ethnicities—feel it. As word spreads online about ASMR, it’s becoming a more and more popular way to relax. In order to experience ASMR, something has to “trigger” the sensation. Some popular triggers for ASMR include having someone whisper softly to you, play gently with your hair, or open a package slowly in front of you. Triggers are a very personal preference—people are as picky, sensitive, and particular about their ASMR triggers as they are about their food or music preferences. Most people agree about the pleasant sensations that ASMR provides, which is why they turn to it for stress relief.
Enjoying ASMR Alone
Watching ASMR videos is perhaps the most common way of experiencing solitary ASMR. The major advantages of videos for experiencing ASMR are the twenty-four-hour access, the huge variety of content, and the no-cost access. Although solitary ASMR sounds like a negative term, the fact that you do it alone is also a major reason it works so well. You don’t need to worry about scheduling a session or inconveniencing another person or wonder what the content creator might be thinking about you, and most importantly, you never feel unsafe. These advantages of ASMR videos will make them a permanent and valuable way to experience ASMR.
Beyond watching online videos, some people report being able to stimulate their own ASMR. (Some people even say it is the only way they can experience ASMR.) It’s not always easy, in the same way that it is difficult to tickle yourself, but it works for some people. Being in a calm mind-set and a relaxing environment can be helpful. Knowing your personal preferences and experimenting via trial and error are two good ways to see if you may be able to experience solitary ASMR.
Every person is different, but here are some examples of ASMR triggers that sometimes work for self-stimulation:
- Concentrating on any general aspect or specific part of yourself
- Using a scalp massager or slightly touching your scalp with your fingers
- Brushing or playing with your hair
- Stroking or rubbing your eyebrows
- Thinking about doing any of the previous triggers, or any ASMR trigger, to yourself
- Thinking about someone else stimulating you with an ASMR trigger
Experiencing solitary ASMR may help you to understand your own ASMR better, and even help you to be more comfortable experiencing partner-based ASMR.
Learn more about ways to trigger ASMR by picking up a copy of BRAIN TINGLES by Craig Richard.
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Excerpted from Brain Tingles by Craig Richard. Copyright © 2018 by the author. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.