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We all know that music can influence our mood and emotions.

It can soothe and comfort us and press just the right buttons to make us feel happy, sad, relaxed, or even excited. It has the power to transport us back to our childhood within seconds or to put us on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Music can even have a positive effect on our health and our capacity for learning. SonicTonic uses music to exert a specific influence on the mind and as a vehicle for transporting other mind-changing techniques within the framework of Receptive Sound Therapy.

Solfeggio Harmonics are ancient tunings and frequencies that address specific health issues.

For instance, 528Hz is known as the frequency of love and is reputed to repair DNA. Other frequencies address imbalances of individual organs. Solfeggio Harmonics are used in Vibrational Sound Therapy, where special tuning forks provide relief from pain, anxiety, insomnia, and used to induce a feeling of harmony and well-being.

Sound healing and its clinical relevance is currently being widely researched.

Isochronic Tones are an effective method of brainwave entrainment.

They are short sounds which are repeated in quick succession. They are equally spaced and of equal length and volume. The speed is dependent upon the frequency of the targeted brainwaves. To induce a state of relaxation, for example, both brain hemispheres must be synchronised to the Alpha frequency, which is around ten Herz. This means that the impulse signal must be repeated ten times per second.

Try repeating to yourself: “I will fail. I am a bluff. I am a loser” and you will realize just how powerful your thoughts can be.

Autosuggestion uses positive affirmations to train the subconscious mind and influence the way a person thinks, perceives or believes. As well as implementing the power of positive thinking, Autosuggestion builds on such techniques as:

  • Progressive Muscle Relaxation
  • Autogenic Training
  • Active Imagination
  • and other tried and tested psychological methods

It can help to relieve anxiety and stress, and provide an alternative perspective for dealing with problems.

Binaural Beats are used to synchronize brainwaves to achieve a specific mental state.

This process of Auditory Bilateral Stimulation is the rhythmic alternation of sonic activation between the left and the right brain hemispheres, resulting in an energy transfer that is known as Brainwave Entrainment. Binaural Beats are able to produce specific effects such as inducing sleep, relaxation, and energizing. They do this by creating signals at the same frequency as the brainwaves of the desired mental state, causing them to resonate and to synchronize.

In practice, a tone is played over headphones and tuned slightly differently in each ear. The difference between the two tones generates the so-called “beat” (oscillation) which causes a measurable change in brain activity.

You might have seen one of the thousands of videos about ASMR on YouTube or Instagram. Although ASMR has become somewhat of a wide-spread trend in the last few years, there is some real science behind it and it can really relax you. Here we tell you everything you need to know.

ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a huge trend. In fact, there are more searches for ASMR on YouTube than for candy or chocolate! ASMR is one of the ingredients in our tonics, but what is it? And how can it help you relax?

What is ASMR?

Coined in 2010, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a relaxing, often sedative sensation that begins on the scalp and moves down the body triggered by specific sounds. It’s been compared to the chills you get when someone plays with your hair, scratches your head or traces their fingertips on your head or back, and is said to start at the head and spread to the spine.

Sometimes referred to as literal “Mind Massage,” ASMR is triggered by listening to hushed voices, white noise and other binaural sonic-triggers – such as tapping, scratching, and whispering, all of which generate a tingling feeling or goosebumps, which many find really relaxing.

The experience is largely unstudied among researchers and mental health professionals. But with more than 13 million ASMR videos on YouTube from creators all around the world, ASMR clearly has an effect.

How can ASMR help me manage stress?

What’s more, many people claim the effects of ASMR help them with their overall mental health and ASMR has been widely reported to relieve insomnia, anxiety, migraines and panic attacks. It’s also used to help sleep, with many people searching for videos at around 10pm.

Researchers are now looking into ASMR more and more. Giulia Poerio, a researcher and faculty member at the University of Sheffield’s department of psychology, spearheaded a recent study and has this to say about her results:

“Our research consistently shows that ASMR is a relaxing, calming sensation that increases feelings of social connectedness,” she said. “Importantly, we found that ASMR videos produce significant reductions in heart rate in people who experience ASMR, so we now have more objective evidence of the idea that ASMR is relaxing. It’s not just people telling us that ASMR makes them feel relaxed. Their physiology is telling us the same thing too.”

As opposed to the short chill which can be experienced through music, ASMR can induce a long-lasting sensation that can help people to switch off anxiety or panic-inducing thoughts, and relax.

SonicTonic uses custom 3D audio software for creating its immersive soundscapes, as well as a special stereo microphone with a head and ears, so if you ever wanted to experience ASMR at its best, this is it! Just download the app and get started.

To get a better idea of what ASMR is all about, here is a collection of the best ASMR videos on the web – compiled by our friends at Nestmaven.

97 Best ASMR Videos To Help Relieve Stress And Fall Asleep Faster