What Is ASMR?
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
The ASMR Effect
You’re sitting in a comfy chair at the salon, getting a scalp massage with strawberry-scented shampoo. Gentle flowing warm water pours over your head and washes the suds away. The blow drier emits a relaxing hum. The scissors come out and gently click with each cut…
You’re wearing soft-cushioned headphones, listening to your favorite song on repeat, at a pleasantly moderate volume…
You’re poking and kneading a ball of pink slime that pops, fizzes and crunches. Pleasantly warm and fuzzy sensations tingle from the top of your head down to your neck, arms, expanding in your stomach, then trickling down to your legs and finally to your feet and toes…
Why do these low energy situations, gently stimulating the faculties of the senses, produce such high-impact feel-good responses in your body and mind?
Jennifer Allen believes that is because of A-S-M-R, an acronym for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – a term she created in 2010. Allen said ASMR is a type of “low grade euphoria” – that is to say good feelings and states generated from stimuli produced from light activities. She said ASMR can be triggered in response to various repeated, methodical and gentle stimuli at low or steady volumes, from such sources as: crisp clicks, the crackling of eggshells, the crinkling of paper.
ASMR can even be produced by turning pages in a book caused by fingertip on paper sensations and jerky swishing sounds. The exact opposite of ASMR is high energy strenuous exercise, such long-distance running, that produces a state in some called “runner’s high.”
Since Allen introduced the concept of ASMR, it has become widely accepted and used with various forms of healing, such as sleep therapies. But there is still a debate as to whether it’s an actual-quantifiable phenomenon, or if it even exists. Studies on it are few, but they all agree that there is still no exact way of comprehensively defining it. The studies concur that different people can be stirred by a wide variety of inputs from their environment.
What is the Slime / ASMR Video Connection?
Everyone experiences their environment differently, but also with some heightened sensitivity or preference to one or more of the five senses, over others. Some people may get relaxed by listening to the repetitive noises such as crunches and pops while watching slime videos, while others may hit the Mute button, and silently enjoy the sight of fingers poking and palms rolling slime, in playful fun.
There are over 9 million slime videos on You Tube. Slimers attach hashtags to the videos they post such as: #asmrslime, #asmrpoking, #asmrsounds, #asmrsquish, #asmrslimesounds, #asmrbubbles, #asmrcrunch
ASMR is the Hashtag Traveller for Slime Videos.
But ASMR goes far, far beyond the wonderful realms of the slime world. Viral videos that have ASMR-inducing content include: whispering positive affirmations to yourself, over and over; table-tapping the same tune with long finger nails; chewing sushi rolls and enjoying the relaxing eating sounds.
But the best experience is direct experience. If you’ve never eaten an apple, you can’t describe how it tastes and sounds when you bite it, without eating one first.
High quality slime will be sure to produce pleasurable ASMR delights in your life.
You may be drawn to a certain colour, texture or scent. You may prefer unscented-smooth-clear slime. You may want slime full of multi-colored floam balls that crunch and pop with every poke. You may love the scent of birthday cake or roses in your slime. Needless to say, there is a slime for you!
An easy and fun way to feel good is from a ball of slime. People’s time with slime is enhanced though the subtle bliss of its ASMR effects. A container of slime is a portable bliss, you can carry in pocket or purse, to enjoy – whenever!
Slime will bring a natural high to your day that will just have you feeling good!