Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Theory: AIE Might Stimulate Hair Growth

This is just a theory, like the header says, but I think that AIE may well stimulate hair growth for those suffering from hair loss.

I know this because I have been experiencing hair loss for years now. I’m not bald, but I have been thinning over the temples – otherwise known as a receding hairline. It’s not too bad, but still.

I have noticed that over the past few months, since I’ve been actively trying to experience AIE more often than years before, that my hair has improved a little.

Now I know this sounds preposterous – I mean how can you tell, and how would it affect your hair? I’m not saying that it directly influences hair growth, but I’ve had a theory for some time that AIE might stimulate blood flow to the head.

You see, there’s an old trick for stimulating blood flow that hairdressers use which involves massaging the scalp, and more often that not it creates the tingling sensation that I always carry on about.

Whether it’s the external or internal stimulation, or both,  remains a mystery, although it is practiced often by some.

Another theory as to why AIE might stimulate hair growth is that it has long been suspected that a chemical such as dopamine is released during the sensation which in turn might promote relaxation and well being, which could reduce stress – a major contributor to hair loss. This in turn could promote hair growth, and slow down the process.

Don’t take this all for granted. It may be possible, and no doubt I’m going to continue investigating it. It would save a fortune in medicine and so on if it is true.

Monday, April 12, 2010

An AIE Experience: The Fingerless Gardener

I’ve experienced these tingles for years now, since I was a child. One experience I can remember quite fondly was when I was about seven or eight.

I was in primary school, in about grade 2 (or standard B as it was known back then), and it was a sunny afternoon, as I sat in the porch steps in the garden, just above the pool.

We had a gardener, an aged African, Xhosa speaking man whom we called Oom Bali, who came around to do the gardening on Saturdays. There was a tragic tale behind this man: he’d lost all of his fingers on one hand in an accident years before involving a large industrial fan or something. And ironically he was such a good worker when it came to the garden, despite this handicap.

These were the last dying days of apartheid, and the beginning of democracy in South Africa, and before I even knew what racism was. He was a good friend of mine. Young, and naive – those were good days.

Anyway, Oom Bali would no doubt go around the garden and use his gardening tools to tidy the place up. I remember one particular activity, and that was when he would trim the hedges around the pool, and he would also whistle while he did it. but it wasn’t a sharp, irritating whistle – it was a muffled whistle, difficult to describe in writing. It was as if he didn’t purse his lips like you’d think. It was more like he opened his mouth and it just hissed out, instead of forcing it.

Anyway, sitting in the sun, listening to the trimming noises of the hedge clippers and the soft whistles made for some of the most intense AIE experiences I can remember.

Oom Bali unfortunately passed away some years back, and before that he was fired by my dad, if you can call it that, ironically for trimming the pool hedge too much. A man claiming to be a relative of his took over for a while, but we haven’t seen him for years now. Nowadays we have a rag tag bunch of “gardeners”.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Tingle Triggers: Listening to the Radio

For me, this is one of the greatest triggers when it comes to creating that wondrous sensation that we call tingles, or AIE, or ASMR. So many names…

I find that only certain radio stations actually do it for me though. From where I am right now, in South Africa, I sometimes listen to the Afrikaans radio stations, even though it’s not my first language. English is.

I usually tune in to 103. or 104. and listen to those stations. I can understand some Afrikaans, and I found that listening to these stations does tend to improve my understanding or vocabulary in that language. Not only that, but it creates the sensation. It’s a sort of guttural language with emphasis on the “g” mainly. It sounds like you’re clearing your throat.

It’s been said by others that listening to foreign languages often creates the sensation. Particularly when it’s spoken by someone with a nice voice. And let’s face it – people, especially those who are the DJs or whatever you want to call them, are employed because they have a voice, and perhaps a face, for radio.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What is the Difference Between Type A and Type B AIE, or Head Tingles?

I read about this on the ASMR Group on Facebook. It makes perfect sense, and I decided to have a look at myself and my experiences with AIE.

I experience both Type A and Type B ASMR. The difference between the two is that Type A is something that you can generate yourself, without any external stimuli. You can think about something, and it happens – you start the sensation, when you want it to happen. It can be very hard, but with practice, it can happen.

Type B is when the sensation is caused by external stimuli, like the radio, TV, or even something that isn’t electronic or virtually-related, like someone speaking to you, or doing something, like  a tennis ball bouncing in the distance, for instance (that caused the sensation for me, once).

I will admit that I am chiefly a Type B sort when it comes to tingles or AIE. I actively seek out programs on TV, or certain radio stations that are guaranteed to get the sensation.

I am a bit of Type A, when I think back to a situation or thing that caused the sensation, and it does happen, but it’s harder to do it, or less intense than something that’s actively happening, like right at the moment.

I find that Type B experiences often generate more intense and sustained sensations.

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