ASMR: Can You Feel the Tingles?

Have you heard of ASMR yet? This new way of experiencing pleasure hasn’t been (publicly) on the scene for all that long, but it’s quickly become an overnight sensory sensation!

ASMR is described as a strange tingling sensation in the head, spine and/or arms or what some people describe as a brain orgasm. Though the sensations of ASMR differ from person to person, those who have felt it agree…it’s pretty awesome.

ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response isn’t exactly new, but the terminology is.

What is ASMR?

After years of googling and chasing down message boards entitled WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD, Jennifer Allen was looking to put a name to the strange tingling sensation she experienced while watching videos of space. 

After finding people all over the world that shared her experience, but with seemingly no explanation as to why, she coined the term ASMR and started a Facebook Group that quickly gained popularity and became a hub for people to describe and bond over this euphoric shared experience. That group led to some small scale scientific studies, but we still know very little about this braingasm phenomenon. 

But, strangely enough, it seems not everyone can feel this head tingling sensation…

Can You Feel the Tingles?

In 2018, a study was conducted with people who could feel the tingles and those who couldn’t. And it turned out there were a few correlations between the people who self-identified as feeling the effects of ASMR.

People who experienced the braingasms tended to be more open to new experiences, were more likely to be introverted and, oddly enough, had higher scores of neuroticism, meaning they were more prone to anxiety or other negatively associated emotions.

They also have some interesting health benefits, including lowered heart rate and increased skin conductance.

Whether you fit into that category or not, I’m sure you’re eager to know whether you fall into the category of humans who can literally orgasm with their brains. We suggest checking out this video to test it out.


What Is A Braingasm?

So, what exactly IS a Braingasm? The name kinda speaks for itself. It’s an orgasm inside your brain, but what does that entail?

The sensation can be different, depending on the person, but people have described it as a sense of euphoria or sleepy happiness, tingling, prickly sensations or goosebumps in the spine, head or arms or a feeling of deep relaxation.

These braingasms can be triggered by audio or visual triggers. Some people are triggered by clicking or tapping sounds, whispering or even watching Bob Ross.

Is It Sexual?

It certainly can be!

Some people find the sensations to be more calming and relaxing than sexual, but some people say that the tingling sensations can move to other parts of their body and be a more sensual experience. 

However you want to categorize ASMR, pleasure is pleasure. Whether it is sexual, relaxing or just for fun, pleasure is your right to experience and enjoy. So don’t get too caught up in the labels and just sit back and enjoy the braingasms.

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ASMR has become a huge part of the YouTube world, gaining more and more popularity every day. And with good reason!

ASMR is changing the way some people think about and experience pleasure. It allows you to tap into new sensations. If you’re one of the lucky folks that can feel the brain tingles, it opens up a whole new world of pleasure and sensory experience. 

So, have you felt the tingles?

Meet the author...

Meet the author...

Jennifer Doan is a Confidence Coach, writer and orgasmic activist. She is on a life-long mission  to help feminists own their sexual confidence by amplifying pleasure and giving less fucks. She believes virginity and gender are social constructs, sexuality is as fluid as her iced coffee and that EVERYONE deserves to feel empowered by sex.