I have to ask -- do you put much stock in the science behind ASMR? I don't really myself, but still find myself looking up ASMR when I'm having trouble sleeping.
The science asmr people are peddling is doubtful as all hell, but there is something there. ASMR is actually really close to a hypnosis response. Seems to me that it’s something to do with a high level of empathy and guided relaxation/hypnosis. Hypnosis has been demonstrated to have the potential for incredibly intense effects on most people. Something like 80% of people are hypnotizable to some degree, 10% are highly suggestive and the remaining folks have severe difficulty (I count myself as one of em.) Has to do with the ability to focus and clear your mind and all that. If you’re one of those people who literally cannot stop thinking all the time even when trying to relax.
It’s possible that ASMR stuff is a form of backdoor guided hypnosis through an empathy response. Empathy for someone being massaged, or in the case of the ASMR class of “mundane tasks/objects”, empathy with a lightbulb or a keyboard or a painting canvas or some such. Then again I’m pulling all this out of my ass so take it with a heaping of salt.
The only thing I can be certain of is that the ASMR stuff, particularly head massage videos and stuff, helps me relax and it’s a relatively intense response. Clearly I’m not the only one, and the phenomenon basically sprang up overnight on youtube as a result of this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLtFCxDs40
Clearly there’s something going on. You see the same complaints or likes on every kind of video, that there needs to be ambient room noise, for example. It’s very likely a brand new psychological phenomenon that exists entirely due to the internet and the way video is shared. It’s fascinating.
THAT BEING SAID
The folks talking the most about ASMR aren’t shrinks or doctors, they’re mostly the same kind of new age quacks that want you to believe that magnets can make you live longer and new age medicine is a fine substitute for actual medicine. Massage therapists, by and large, are total pros and are a godsend for your back (or other muscle related issue) and plus, even if massage was useless (which it ain’t) but even if it was, it FEELS great. But they’re not doctors (neither are chiros, really) and you should be wary of any explanation given to you that can’t be traced back to proper academia or actual peer reviewed studies.