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Tingleheads claim videos help ease stress

Inspirations for Youth and Families and the Cove Center for Recovery, teen and adult treatment centers respectively, have introduced ‘Tinglehead’ therapy as a stress relieving activity. The Tingleheads Internet craze has quickly developed a cult following, with devotees claiming the online videos help them cope with stress, insomnia and PTSD.

“We are always looking for ways to ease the stress and anxiety for our teens and adults at our treatment facilities,” said Karen Corcoran Walsh, co-founder of Inspirations for Youth and Families and The Cove Center for Recovery. “While it is not mandatory to participate in Tinglehead therapy, we find those that do are much more relaxed and receptive to our treatment programs.”

When Inspirations for Youth and the Cove Center opened their doors to business, they were considered to be one of the first treatment centers to take those in recovery on field trips like baseball games and beach trips. This practice is referred to as recreational therapy and has been adopted by other treatment centers nationwide. Since that time, Corcoran-Walsh has strived to incorporate cutting edge treatment methods like Tinglehead therapy.

“I love the Tinglehead sessions,” said one of the Inspirations teens. “After watching the videos it takes off some of the edge that I have as I work on recovery. I feel the same way as I do after taking a yoga class.”

What exactly is Tinglehead Therapy?

Tinglehead therapy is fairly straight forward. It is simply people tuning into Tinglehead YouTube channels and viewing videos of dedicated instructors whispering softly, crinkling paper, folding towels, or role playing massages and facials. The outcome of a Tinglehead session is an autonomous sensory meridian response, (ASMR). These cause Tingleheads to experience deep tingling that starts at the head and spreads down the spine, through the entire body.

The number of folks who turn to Tinglehead YouTube videos to relax is soaring. One of the Tingleheads leading channels is run by someone referred to as Ally. She has an astounding 170,000 cult-like YouTube subscribers who watch her channel to attain peace, relaxation, and happiness.

Inspirations for Youth and the Cove Center plan to continue this therapy as long as it produces its intended results: relaxation, peace, and tranquility. So for now a whisper speaks louder than a scream at these addiction treatment centers.

More about Tinglehead Therapy

You’ve probably experienced ASMR and never knew your experience actually had a name or how to describe the sensation! ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is best described as a physical sensation of goose bumps topped with body tingles usually starting from the top of your head going down to your toes! Oo la la, sound familiar, keep reading. The onset of this feeling is triggered by different stimuli, and the triggers can be different from one person to the next.

Examples of triggers can be:

  • Having your hair shampooed (my whole body goes numb every time!!), hair cut/styled
  • Getting a massage
  • Scratching your back (I get goose bumps all over)
  • Whispering in your ear
  • Certain sounds like soft speech, slow running water
  • Someone playing with your hair
  • Watching someone perform a task

Not everyone experiences ASMR. However, if you’re one of the lucky ones, there are tons of free samples of bottled pleasure and relaxation videos to explore. To find out more about ASMR Videos go to the ASMR Videos page. I’ve listed some videos for you to watch that have been known to trigger the ASMR response.

  • Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting
  • Whispering
  • Personal attention
  • T.M. Lewin’s How to Iron a Shirt
  • Pages Turning

ASMR has been discussed on the web since 2008. Earlier names for this phenomenon are “attention induced euphoria’ and “attention induced observant euphoria”, but ASMR ultimately triumphed. Practitioners say it can help with all manners of ailments, from everyday problems such as depression, trouble sleeping, and tension and stress.


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