ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a phenomenon which has been gaining a lot of media attention. Those who are lucky enough to experience it report that it starts with a tingling sensation in the back of the head and then progresses to what some even jokingly call a “head orgasm”. ASMR is the body’s response to a specific stimulus, which could be anything from sound or movement, to a scent.
ASMR has only recently been on the radar of academics, but psychologists find that it’s an interesting phenomenon. Those who enjoy ASMR content say that it helps them relax, some find it useful for reducing stress, or even helping them fall asleep. The sensations that people experience vary and many people say they are hard to describe. It could be that with ASMRs, everyone has a slightly different response. The idea of tingling is one that comes up often, but beyond that, the response can vary depending on the content or experience that causes the ASMR, and the mood of the person with the experience.
Why We Love ASMRs
ASMR content has been found to help those who are depressed and suffering from severe fatigue. ASMR content is thought to offer people a respite and moments of focus, and there are some who believe that the content helps to stimulate the production of oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone that is produced from human contact. The idea that it is produced during ASMR is just a theory at this stage, but it is one that makes sense and as we start to understand more about how the brain responds to different types of stimulus, it opens up possibilities for using the responses in therapeutic ways.
Over the last few years, there have only been a handful of papers published on the subject of ASMR. Perhaps one of the most authoritative was published by Barratt and Davis1. This paper studied 475 people who report having ASMR experiences (not everyone responds with the same tingling sensations) and tracked their behaviors and reactions. The authors found that ASMR is useful for relaxation, stress, and sleep improvement. It can also help boost a person’s mood and can reduce chronic pain symptoms. Since sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety are such common issues, the possibility that they can be managed without requiring drugs is an enticing one.
What Causes the ASMR
ASMR content usually focuses on slow movements, quiet whispers, and crisp sounds. Ideally, when you’re consuming that content, you want to focus exclusively on it. When you tune in, you start to feel that tingling sensation, and you can relax and enjoy the moment.
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That’s the thing with ASMR content, the first time people stumble upon it, they don’t know what it is, but they’re intrigued. They’ll see the finger fluttering, hear the tapping and whispering, then they’ll start to pay attention out of curiosity… They’ll watch as someone breathes deeply and blows into the ear of a person in a video, and they’ll feel that for themselves. Maybe they’ll watch a fake haircut, and feel the sensation of fingers running through their hair too. Experienced ASMR users understand it’s euphoric and incredibly engrossing.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of ASMR videos out there. Some of them are short and simple, some of them are longer and are normal content but in an ASMR form. There’s even some branded content, such as the “Oddly Ikea” ASMR video.1
This video is based on an advertisement for IKEA’s college dorm range, but it is extended to 25 minutes long. In the video, an anonymous woman takes the viewer through the dorm and shows off each item in it: fluffing the pillows, smoothing out the sheets, and opening and closing drawers to make soothing sounds. It’s rare that an advertisement can turn into such compelling viewing.
MONQ Aromatherapy Diffusers Help You Relax
There’s more than one way to relax and sometimes you don’t have the time to sit down and listen to audio content or watch videos. MONQ® essential oil diffusers offer relaxation on the go. There are seven different blends, each with a different emphasis: Active, Healthy, Happy, Vibrant, Sexy, Sleepy, and Zen. Each one includes three different essential oils, carefully selected to ensure that they complement each other and produce the desired effects, from waking you up to helping you slow down. The diffusers give a personal, private way of taking in those essential oils, wherever you are.
Some creative spirits have combined the idea of MONQ® essential oil diffusers and ASMR to produce the ultimate relaxing experience. So, you can take in your chamomile, kava, and lavender sleepy blend while watching creative and relaxing videos. This works doubly well if you enjoy aromatherapy.
MONQ fans have created their own ASMR videos, which are surprisingly satisfying to watch. Some of them are simply “watch these satisfying things and hear these satisfying sounds”, while some of them are mini-reviews of aromatherapy diffusers, so you can watch the equivalent of an unboxing and use session, presented in the most satisfying way possible.
Aromatherapy and ASMR Stimulating Content
There are entire channels devoted to ASMR content and much can be done with the personal diffusers. Take, for example, the ASMR sisters.
Their videos focus on reviewing products, such as the MONQ® essential oil diffusers, while drumming their fingers on the box, crinkling packaging, tinkling the diffuser with their fingernails, inhaling the diffuser, then blowing out into the mic. It’s a quiet, relaxing experience and it’s an intimate thing to watch. Intimacy is common with ASMR and having two smiling, friendly sisters talking about the MONQ products they enjoy, along with the satisfying sounds can initiate a feeling of closeness.
Ear-to-ear blowing is something that is popular in ASMR videos. BohemianWhisper is another popular channel which attracts tens of thousands of views to its videos, and in one, the MONQ diffusers are used to help people indulge in the experience. The video is set in a beautifully decorated environment, with a dreamcatcher hanging in the background, and a woman speaking directly to the camera to help draw you into the video.2
If you like the idea of the Bohemian content, but want something a little brighter, the same channel makes an ear-blowing and tapping video with a more floral setting. The video shows similar content— the satisfactory sound of the MONQ aromatherapy diffuser sliding in and out of the sleeve, the crisp sound of the diffuser being used, and the slow inhale and exhale as she tells you which she enjoys the most. The video shows finger fluttering, the drumming of fingernails on the diffuser, and bright lights in the background that augment the look. With content like this, MONQ essential oil diffusers can uniquely trigger ASMR experiences and it can be a lot of fun.
If you explore ASMR video feeds in general, you’ll find that there are triggers that the makers focus on. Many of them use the idea of face touching and ear whispers. When you watch the video, the idea is that you’ll believe that the actor (usual actress) is putting makeup on your face, or cleaning your face with a towel, or giving you a haircut. You’re getting the feeling of human contact, in video form.
This contact can be appealing to people who work long hours, odd shifts, or generally have trouble finding time to truly interact with others in a relaxing setting. They can get a chance to slow down and unwind by feeling a connection with the person on camera.
The MONQ videos take that idea and turn it into a shared experience. Instead of just watching the camera person do something, you can join them by tasting what you’re seeing and hearing in the video and even turn it into a form of conversation. So, while the video host is saying they love the Zen diffuser, you can nod along, thinking that yes, Zen is your favorite too.
Breathe and Watch
If you’re watching the videos and you can see the appeal, but you’re struggling to focus, then you might want to try using a dual approach to relaxation. The videos are a great way to get the stimulation you need, but you’ll need to be paying close attention to enjoy them. The best way to get into that focused state is to sit down, relax, and breathe in aromatherapy oils.
The essential oils in MONQ blends have relaxing, focus-inducing effects. The Sleepy and Zen portable diffusers are the obvious choice, with oils such as chamomile and ylang-ylang in them, but there are others with similar impact, which may have a taste that you prefer.
The Healthy diffuser features cinnamon, making it a popular choice because of the satisfying taste. The same is true of the Vibrant diffuser, which has a tasty combination of ginger, lemon, and spearmint. The Sexy diffuser, with its jasmine, lime, and patchouli can evoke a warm feeling aligned with charisma and confidence.
It’s important to note that while a large percentage of ASMR content is made by women, and features good-looking young women performing for the camera, it is non-sexual content, and the purpose of consuming it is usually non-sexual too. Yes, those who watch the videos may enjoy looking at young women, and viewers experience a closeness, but the connection the viewers seek is more a personal form of intimacy than a sexual one. Think of it as getting an Indian head massage. You’ll feel close to the person performing it, but it’s relaxation and a release of a different kind.
Using MONQ Aromatherapy Diffusers Trigger ASMR Experiences for Some People
If you’ve never tried ASMR before, then you’re in for a treat when you watch your first video. If you’ve already tried it and you want to explore deeper, then why not try aromatherapy alongside it and strive to create an environment to trigger ASMR.
Aromatherapy is a great option for people who perhaps like the idea of vaping, but don’t want to use traditional vape oils. There are some concerns over the ingredients in a lot of common vapes, but the MONQ® diffusers are not e-cigarettes. They do not contain nicotine and they do not contain any artificial flavorings or chemicals. They are made from plant oils, and you’re therefore not taking in the common chemicals that are in vaporizers. The diffusers turn the oils into water vapor and aromatherapy, so yes, it’s a vaporizer in some respects, but it’s not addictive, and it’s all natural. You’re getting the same stuff that you would in a normal aromatherapy session, just in a portable form.
If you want to relax, then it helps to be comfortable with what you’re doing and what you’re putting in your body. If you want to have an ASMR experience, then you want to be in the moment. Otherwise, the quiet whispers and slow movements in the videos will simply make you zone out. While you may be quite happy with that effect, especially if you’re watching the video so that you fall asleep, you can also get that head tingle and that pleasurable sensation running down your spine that has made so many people tune in to ASMR content.
Finding the Perfect Channel
It may take some experimentation to find the perfect ASMR channel and to get the content that satisfies you. The good news is that there are dozens of regular producers, so you can find videos that you’ll like. For instance, videos with hosts that you enjoy watching, or ones with no visible people at all so you can focus on the sensations and sounds. If MONQ is your thing, then you can use the diffusers to help you find that balance— to find your center, where you’re attentive in the moment but relaxed enough not to be thinking of the future.
Be patient. Don’t try to rush that ASMR experience. Just watch the videos with a mindful approach. Listen to the sounds, focus, and enjoy. Try breathing from a diffuser before you get engrossed in the video so that you’re in the peaceful state before you start watching. This will help to ensure that the tastes and sensations from the diffuser do not interfere with the moment you are trying to enjoy. It doesn’t take long for the mood enhancing, calming, and soothing benefits of essential oils to take effect. Once the two are working in tandem, you should find that they transport you to a new mood and a better frame of mind, where you can enjoy the whole idea of aromatherapy and reap the benefits.
ASMR isn’t a “trip”, but it will revitalize you and help you face the challenges of day-to-day life a little better. It helps you shed your anger and frustration, put your worries in perspective, and find the balance that you need to be the best person you can be. It can help recharge your mental batteries and enjoy every aspect of the day ahead. Why don’t you see if MONQ® essential oil diffusers trigger ASMR experiences for you?