What is ASMR & What Does ASMR Stand For? We Explain!

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By: Jacqui Denker | Kristina Guerrero Posted: 9:08 AM, Feb 26, 2019 Updated: 5:03 PM, Feb 27, 2019

Turn your volume up, ‘cause we’re breaking down the viral sensation known as ASMR. You know – those YouTube videos where people make noises and whisper to enhance relaxation. Some people love them, while others cringe and back away from the computer. So what is ASMR, and what does ASMR stand for? We talked to Melinda Lauw, co-founder of Whisperlodge, to demystify this unique relaxation technique.

 

1. What is ASMR & What Does ASMR Stand For?

 

First what does ASMR stand for, and what is it? “ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response,” explains Melinda. “It’s a made-up word created by people on the internet to describe this pleasurable tingling sensation usually triggered by visual, audio, or tactile stimuli.” And, apparently, everyone feels it differently. “Some people experience it as static throughout their body – other people feel chills like goosebumps,” adds Melinda. These feelings are triggered by different types of ASMR – which brings us to…

 

2. Keep an Open mind

 

You might be wondering, how do I find my trigger? “[It’s] incredibly personal and subjective,” clarifies Melinda. “What triggers you will not trigger someone else.” Melinda says to take your time exploring different ASMR videos to see what works for you. “Some people like sounds only; some people like sounds and whispering. Some people like real physical touch,” advises our expert. To simulate physical touch, there are even ASMR role playing videos – like going to the hair dresser! At the end of the day, there are different strokes for different folks. So keep an open mind, watch and listen to different videos, and figure out what works best for you!

 

3. Is it for Everyone?

 

Melinda says the technique works for some people and it doesn’t work for others. And if you’re still not sure about it all, Melinda says that’s okay: “I think if people can access a different sensation, and it makes them feel good, then whatever floats their boat, ya know?” Yes, girl, we know!

 

If you’ve ever asked yourself, what does ASMR stand for?, now you know everything you need to know about the technique. And whether it makes your skin tingle or your flesh crawl, here’s to keeping an open mind!

 

Wanna witness ASMR for yourself? Buy tickets to Whisperlodge in L.A. which is happening March 13-17. Tickets are available here.

 

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