These sounds can create an autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR. It is a tingling sensation that usually begins in the crown of the head and moves to other parts of the body.
"Everyday items all have a sound," Smith said.
It is not everyone who lives ASMR. Smith believes that it depends on the sensitivity to the sound of the individuals.
The experience is to "notice things around you" and help people become present, she said.
As a person diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder In 2013, Smith turned to YouTube for videos on relaxation to help him sleep and feel comfortable. "If I could sleep and stay calm, I could focus on my therapy," she said.
Today, Smith is helping more than 670,000 video subscribers relax, sleep, and manage pain or stress by using everyday objects to create an ASMR – inducing sound.
A form of mindfulness
The Swansea report revealed that participants with depression used ASMR videos specifically to help them in their condition. According to researchers, the ASMR can improve the mood of depressed people because it can be considered a form of mindfulness.
ASMR also helps people rest, sleep, study or better focus, Smith said. A state of pure relaxation helps people function well, she says.
Tones to relax with
It is therefore not surprising that people are looking for ways to relax and help them sleep.
When it comes to healing or calmness, lighter tones are generally beneficial for relaxing the head area, while deeper tones usually relax the bones of the body, said Smith, who is now planning therapy sessions. the sound involving people lying down and listening to songs, gongs or others. instrumental sounds.
After a session, most people told Smith that they felt refreshed, balanced and more relaxed.
Smith explained that many people feel transformed after being in peace for an hour without interruption. "When we are completely relaxed, our body is working at full capacity, so it is able to heal itself," she said.
"A massage for your mind"
A year ago, Laura Franses founded the Crystal Sound Lounge in London which regularly organizes gong and sound sessions.
In a good bath session of his, there will be no interruption. If this is the case, about 75% of people reach an altered state, similar to a dreamlike trance, according to Franses.
Franses met with depressed people who felt better after a bath of her because it allowed them to relax, while people with physical injuries explained to the patient that they were able to relax for an hour and to forget the pain felt by their bodies.
She thinks that a bath of her is essentially a "massage for your mind" and that people will feel pampered and very relaxed, which produces a wide variety of positive results in people.
Lyrics on painkillers?
Healing by sound can be a relatively new phenomenon, but the idea of using sounds or music to fight pain has been around for much longer.
The music has has remained popular throughout history because of its emotional impact on people and its power to regulate emotions, according to research by Daniel Levitin, professor at psychology and music at McGill University in Montreal.
Rachael Finnerty, a music therapist based in Ontario, explained that it was a pain-related emotion, affected by the emotional well-being of a person.
"Music is such a good distraction for pain," Finnerty continued, "when we listen to music, we transform memories and emotions related to music, which makes it much more difficult to process memories and emotions. " associated with pain. "As a result, we may have an impact on the perception of pain through music, she said.
Music and pain use the same neurological pathways, which means that music can override the emotions and memories needed to evoke pain, Finnerty explained.
Soft music of an average of 60 beats per minute can be used for relaxation and to reduce anxiety because our autonomic nervous system, responsible for breathing and heart rate, is activated by music, said Finnerty. If patients focus on music, they begin to breathe to the rhythm of the music and their heart rate will begin to change to the rhythm of the music, she said.
But if the music played is related to negative emotions, the patient will not see the benefits, she said. That's why, using a selection of chosen music rather than one over which the patient has no control, the results will be "always better," according to Finnerty.
Music as a result of trauma
Although we are all affected in a very different way by music, people can benefit because they have to deal with emotional stress or trauma.
Music therapy was an effective choice because children do not have the cognitive skills to verbally process their emotions, but they can identify and express their feelings in music, Finnerty explained.
Music therapy offers a way to recognize and deal with emotions, according to Finnerty, who founded an educational platform, the Ontario Music Therapy Academy. Thanks to the song or lyrical improvisations, children can be in control. By working on the content of the song and modifying it so that it reflects their situation or what they would like to feel, it will help them to change their perception of the traumatic event, did they? she explains.
In the end, music is effective at healing humans through various means, because of its multiple but unique effects on our mind.
It is almost impossible to listen to music and not have some sort of emotion evoked, Finnerty said.