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I first discovered ASMR by accident. I can’t even remember how I came across it, but I’d never heard of it before. I decided to watch a few videos and immediately I was hooked.
ASMR is incredibly relaxing and it has made falling asleep so much easier. It’s also useful for when I’m feeling anxious or overwhelmed and can work as a sort of mindfulness exercise.
I like a variety of ASMR triggers, including crinkly sounds, massage sounds, soft-speaking, tapping, hair-washing, and so on.
I’ve been an ASMR fan for a few years now, and over that time I have discovered many talented ASMRtists, but there are three channels that I particularly enjoy, and I thought I’d tell you about them. (Note: If you want to check out their channels, click on the subtitles and it will open them in a new tab.)
This channel is run by a brilliant ASMRtist, Emma. She gives off quite a motherly, caring vibe, and her voice is very soothing. Again, she produces videos for a wide range of ASMR triggers, but my favourite one of hers at the moment is this one. It’s a bit longer than the usual ASMR video, so it gives me enough time to drift off to sleep while I’m listening to it. She also layers the sounds, so tingles are extra intense!
ASMR is arguably a female-dominated area, but Matt of ASMR Power of Sound is one of the few exceptions. His deep voice is very calming, and unlike a lot of ASMR channels, he tends to speak at a low volume but without whispering, so it’s a different sort of experience. Matt does a huge variety of roleplays – probably more than most ASMRtists – and some of these are things I would never have thought could be turned into ASMR, but he pulls it off! I think my favourite of his videos is the one below, in which he uses his signature gloves in a face/scalp massage roleplay. The gloves give a quite unique sound, so it’s a nice change, and he’s very good at simulating the motions to evoke visual stimuli as well. Also, it’s a no-talking one, so it’s good for when you don’t want to be distracted by talking.
Maria is possibly one of the most well-known ASMRtists on YouTube. Her vibe is sweet and kind, and her videos are fantastic. She produces some really clear ASMR sounds, and she also has combination videos, where she does various triggers in one video. An example of this – and one of my favourites – is the video below.
What do you think about ASMR? Do you have a favourite ASMRtist/trigger? Maybe you have your own ASMR channel? Let me know in the comments!