Baoding Balls are an object that can induce ASMR, the ever so pleasant tingling sensation that occurs in your head. Experience relaxation with baoding balls just by watching and listening to them. Give it a try! Relax yourself, focus on the sounds, and watch the video. One tip is to try when you are about to sleep. Put on ear buds and watch to get sleepy. Then lie down, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds.
Credit to the video creator for posting it. If you felt relaxed, there are other videos like that you can find on YouTube.
What is ASMR?
ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response and describes the feeling of euphoria that can be felt by someone when they watch certain images or, more commonly, listen to certain sounds. It seems to be almost ridiculously simple, but it is certainly a growing trend on channels such as YouTube and many people find it an incredibly effective way to relax.
What Does it Feel Like?
The most common term used to describe the physical feeling of ASMR is a delicious tingling sensation that begins with the scalp and travels down the spine. Some people liken it to being stroked gently by a significant other, while some people regard it as a more spiritual experience and feel as though they are literally being touched by Angelic or ethereal beings. It is always, without exception, a harmless and pleasurable experience and many people are embracing it with enthusiasm as a way to relax and de-stress.
How Does it Work?
This question is a little more difficult to answer as the “science” is new, and hard evidence has not been gathered in any meaningful form as yet. However, if you wish to experience it, as many do, try the internet based videos and audio clips for yourself and see if you can identify how the tingle is relaxing you. What is clear is that the people who share their views and experiences of ASMR are undoubtedly reporting a definite physical sensation that is both relaxing and comforting. The tingle can travel all over the body, to the hands and feet and along the limbs, relaxing and softening tension as it goes. Most commonly, the sensation is felt first in the scalp, where it can feel as if your head is being massaged tenderly by a caring and loving presence. The sense of deep relaxation and security or comfort then spreads to the spine and down to the lower back.
Can Anyone Benefit from ASMR?
In a word, yes, anyone can benefit from this form of relaxation, although of course some individuals may not be a susceptible as others to feeling it. It seems to have connections with our childhood sensations or experiences, and the triggers can be very unusual.
What Triggers an ASMR Session?
If you look at the video clips for ASMR you may be surprised! The common factor does seem to be a quiet, repetitive action that goes on for a considerable length of time. You may find clips showing someone turning the pages of a book, tapping their fingers on a hard surface, crinkling and smoothing out paper, folding towels, brushing their hair, or using a scythe on long grass. The tasks are simple and soothing, calming and repetitive and are very often accompanied by a very quiet commentary or voice over. Whispering has been found to be one of the most popular forms of ASMR, with a great number of people reporting that listening to a whispering voice helps them to fall asleep.