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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 19, 2022

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Jennifer Brown

What better way to spend a Saturday morning on the Gold Coast than to have a great coffee and then some ASMR at HOTA?

Originally a forerunner for the Gold Coast Film Festival, which has been unfortunately canceled due to new laws regarding crowds, last Saturday, we were lucky to be able to attend this workshop and take part.

Before delving into this article and the event, what is ASMR?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. This is the tingling sensation you get that begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. This sensation can be triggered by things like a softly spoken or whispering voice, quiet repetitive sounds, types of music or even watching someone execute mundane tasks. ASMR has a therapeutic potential like that of meditation and mindfulness. How physical connection can be good for people. It reduces stress and anxiety and can also be helpful in sleep.

This workshop was hosted by none other than Emma Smith AKA Whispers Red. Hailing from Lancaster, England, she is one of Youtube’s ASMRtists. Since starting, she has garnered a total of 863K subscribers and counting.

In her workshop, we learned more about ASMR and how we can do it ourself. The workshop started with a guided meditation that involved stimuli such as touching on our shoulders and hair. Attendees were given a chance to chat and learn more about ASMR as well as share more with newcomers. It was interesting to learn more about the science and benefits behind ASMR and how the other attendees discovered the community and how they benefit from it.

The workshop ended when we were all given the chance to explore and try our own ASMR. Everyone also had a chance to share their experiences with ASMR. The workshop had 3 different set ups and sections for each type of ASMR. The workshop allowed us find what triggers us most – head massages, sound, light touches and tibetan bowls. ASMR usually ends up getting a bad rap with how outsiders would perceive it. But this workshop was nothing short of comforting and relaxing. Having nothing but dim lighting and quiet chats and noise that creates ASMR was calming and anxiety-reducing.

People that attended this workshop left with practical techniques for sound creation, relaxation techniques and more knowledge. And on top of that, you learn a new appreciation for the ordinary objects in your life that can create extraordinary sounds.

The community for ASMR is one that will continue to grow with shared experiences and interests. And the experience that came with this workshop – it is sure to pique anyone’s curiosity and to give ASMR a try.

So, if you are interested in learning more about ASMR be sure to check out Whispers Red and her ASMR videos and relax!

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