This week’s free hypnosis training explains the benefits of ASMR in correlation to hypnosis.
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response…ever heard of it?
This was something brought to my attention about 1.5 years ago. I used to broadcast myself on a platform called Periscope. This was an application you could access via computer or smart phone to tune int from anywhere in the world to see what I was up to (if I was streaming myself).
Near the end of my consistent use of the platform, I had spoken about, partially taught & sometimes demonstrated basic relaxation hypnosis. Many began asking if I ever heard of/demonstrated ASMR.
It wasn’t until 2018 (I think), that I really looked into it. In short, I found out it was simply people recording either themselves talking very softly or making little sounds.
When you google the term, it basically says you develop a tingling sensation. The tingle apparently occurs on your scalp before trickling down your body. Many reported feeling a sense of relaxation/ calmness/ etc when listening to ASMR recordings.
After finally taking time to research and listen to some videos I realized two things:
- ASMR videos were hypnotic. Much like relaxing to the sound of rain, waves hitting a beach or a guided meditation/hypnosis recording of your choosing, ASMR a calming effecct.
- Its calming effect comes from the low-volume noise being produced, much like hypnosis. This immediately correlated to the concept I’ve taught many that (during a stage induction), lowering your voice as you progress with the deepener helps relax people’s minds. It’s like listening to upbeat music when working out to get your heart pumping and head in the right frame of mind to begin a quality work out.
While ASMR can provide a similar relaxing feeling as hypnosis, I think people enjoy ASMR more openly for the fact that (as far as I’ve seen in basic searches), there’s no stigma of control.
Many still misunderstand hypnosis and label it a form of mind control. While it has potential depending on the hypnotist’s intentions, ASMR seems to only be viewed as a tool for relaxation and tingling sensations.
Upon recording my first ASMR video, I was surprised to notice I myself experienced tingles. Upon listening to the playback as I prepared to upload it, I actually felt tingles on my scalp (which did in fact travel down my spine).
It was simultaneously weird and comforting. There was no harm, it was just relaxing noise. Much like learning hypnosis, it was easiest to understand what others had been experiencing once I experienced it myself.
Despite my 2000+ YouTube followers, the audience didn’t seem impressed when I went from not posting a video to my channel for weeks, to posting ASMR. Granted, my channel primarily blew up to/over 1000 in the first place because of hypnosis.
After recognizing this acceptance rate, I uploaded an ASMR Realxation Hypnosis video. As one might guess, this received a better general response. While not in the 1000’s (yet) like my hypnosis videos, it was still better received for sticking to what my audience has grown to love.
I believe it’s because of this sensation of relaxation through relaxed vocal tones & tiny noises (like mic scratching or nail tapping), that ASMR has blown up recently. Unlike hypnosis, it takes the most comforting part (relaxing the listener through a soft voice) & sticks with it. This removes the listener’s worry of being “controlled” or made to act out silly scenarios in front of people.
It’s interesting to point out that many people I’ve hypnotized have also reported feeling tingly/ vibrations/ warm/ fuzzy/ etc. It would only seem to reason, therefore, that hypnosis can produce the same positive sensations as ASMR via self hypnosis or hypnotherapy for example.
This week’s video demonstration exemplifies my testing ASMR creation…
It’s been my experience that teaching the difference between “hypnosis” and “hypnotic phenomena” has helped many become more comfortable with hypnosis itself. I’m beginning to believe that comparing ASMR to the deepener of hypnosis may enlighten people & make them a bit more accepting to receive the experience overall.
Additionally, maybe incorporating an entire ASMR-specific routine mid-performance might further relax/heighten volunteers’ experiences. Pretty sure I just spit-balled a free routine idea for you to steal during your next show!
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