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Tingles, Natural Highs, and ASMR


Do you even get a tingling sensation when someone else is brushing your hair or while getting a haircut?  This is what happens to me. I can get pretty blissed out at the hair salon, as long as there’s not a lot of talking. One of my college professors told me there are monkeys who go into trance while grooming each other. You might think this is weird, and that’s okay. I find it fascinating.

I’ve also felt this same euphoric feeling at other times, like when my husband caresses my arm with a repetitive motion. It can be an intense natural high with zero risk since I wouldn’t indulge while driving or doing anything requiring alert status. If I want to indulge in something when driving or needing to be vigilant, there’s always dark chocolate.

A while back, someone told me about Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, which sounds a lot like what I’ve experience, except that ASMR is usually elicited by auditory and/or visual stimuli including repetitive sounds or movements or whispering. There are all kinds of videos for ASMR. Some involve role plays of hair styling or scalp massage. Here’s one with doodling that combines repetitive drawing motions with the sound of the marker on the paper. (You might need to increase the volume.) I recommend watching in big screen. But do NOT watch these videos before driving or doing other activities requiring your full attention or quick reaction times.

No wonder loved to doodle repetitive lines and circles in boring meetings! The video response is something new to me, but I’m finding it to be very calming when I have time to relax.

For more information, you can click on this link from Wikipedia:


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

19 thoughts on “Tingles, Natural Highs, and ASMR

  1. Have you ever had one of those copper scalp massagers? these have the same tingle affect also..
    Loved the swirling memorising drawing.. 🙂
    I have spent most of the afternoon painting… Its so therapeutic too.. With head phones on and listening to calming music.. It transport you to another realm..

    Lovely postJoAnna.. I hope your week is going well, and that you have a peaceful Weekend..
    Hugs Sue ❤

    • I’ve never had a copper scalp massage, but you can bet I’m going to look into it! . I need to play music when I paint. Thanks for the reminder about that. Things are going well here and I hope with you also, Sue. Glad you could relate! 🙂 Hugs ❤

  2. Interesting pheo sleep when you’re having trouble.nomenon. Now you have a,way to get

  3. I draw with markers all the time, such a the calming Zentangle patterns. The sound of the marker on the paper, is very soothing. I’d forgotten that I have one of those funny looking wire scalp massagers, too. Definitely gives a tingle! 🙂

  4. That’s very cool, JoAnna. I’ve recently got into colouring – I bought myself a colouring calendar for Christmas. It’s very meditative. 🙂

  5. I totally love scalp massages when I go to the salon I settle back and enjoy the utter bliss 😊

  6. I hate massages… I just tighten up! That said, if you comb my hair very very gently… That’s nice. Certain smells also do that to me! ASMR is something new – Looking it up 🙂

  7. Bonjour ou Bonsoir ★* *★ JOANNA

    Ce jour
    J’écoute Le Vent

    Me souffler des mots puissants et attachants
    A mon oreille il est venu me murmurer

    Des élans d’amitié avec des envies de liberté

    Me dire combien notre amitié compte entre toi et moi
    Une Amitié avec un grand A
    je te souhaite une excellente journée ou soirée’
    Une douce belle journée si je suis de journée

    Ou une tendre nuit si mon passage est du soir

    Gros bisous


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