Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR as it’s known, is described as “a euphoric experience” that many say feels like a tingling sensation through the body. It often starts on the scalp and moves down the neck and upper spine.
Experts say that the relaxing sensation felt during ASMR is partially due to the release of endorphins and oxytocin.
Research has suggested that some have the response upon ear whispering, while others might notice a response whilst having their hair played with, through light touching or when watching the ocean. The characteristics of the response include an electrical or pin prickly feeling that runs throughout the body along with the sensation of "chicken skin/goose bumps."
Often it is accidental in nature but we are now looking at therapeutic implications that may help people develop pleasurable physical intimacy, but also emotional intimacy with others.
Although more research needs to be done, it is believed that this physiological and psychological response (it’s related to feelings of well being, relaxation and arousal) is an evolutionary nurturing and bonding experience that mammals have developed through the grooming of one another. It is not necessarily sexual in nature, however it can be for some.
ASMR may be a therapeutic modality for individuals and couples to use to strengthen their sensual communication, calm themselves during conflicts, or use as an arousal strategy. It is assumed that different biochemicals and hormones are released during these experiences that promote a sense of bonding and well being.
ASMR is typically felt through audio, visual, or tactile stimuli, although some can feel a response by just using their imagination.
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Dr. Kat Van Kirk is a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist. She is the resident relationship/sex expert at wwww.AdamEve.com. Find out more at www.DrKat.com.