He began making massage videos and then evolved his channel into creating ASMR videos. With over 200,000 followers, this change has proven quite successful.
Dmitri was also brilliant to shift from massage only videos to massage and ASMR videos because the biology of ASMR might just be tapping into some of the same biology that causes massages to feel so relaxing.
I’m fortunate and honored that he agreed to be the first ASMR artist interviewed for this site.
Dmitri shares his thoughts about massage and ASMR, offers advice to new ASMR artists, explains an idea for an ASMR experiment, and more.
Below are my questions in bold, followed by his replies in italics.
How do you define ASMR? Do you think everyone can experience it?
Dmitri, “I define ASMR as an experience some people feel. It is just a great feeling to experience, almost like a gentle massage to your head or body – but much better. It has a very calming and relaxing side effect.
I don’t think all people will experience ASMR but you never know what the future holds.”
Why do you think people watch ASMR videos?
Dmitri, “To relax, sleep, reduce anxiety and to just experience ASMR. For me, my main reason is to just experience ASMR.”
What do you think are some common misconceptions about ASMR?
Dmitri, “The term “brain orgasm” references it as a sexual thing, but for me there is nothing sexual about it.”
What advice would you give to new ASMR artists?
Dmitri, “Do not try, just do.
Get a decent microphone like a Blue Yeti to start with. Video quality isn’t import, audio quality isn’t even important to be honest. But if you intend to record a video to help people experience ASMR it is best to get a decent microphone so your audio quality is acceptable.
Try to find your own way of doing things – I know it’s hard when so many things have been done before.
And do a cranial nerve exam!”
What do you see as similar and different between massage and ASMR?
Dmitri, “Gentle touching and some parts of the massage can induce ASMR for me – which I enjoy, but massage is to relax the muscles.
So I would say that ASMR is to relax the mind and body and massage is to relax the muscles”
What thoughts do you have about the biology of ASMR?
Dmitri, “This is something I am working on. It’s like your sensory organs (mostly eyes and ears) pick up triggers, then signals cascade through another part or sensory organ, then sends out things throughout the body.”
If you could create any experiment to discover or prove one thing about ASMR, what would it be?
Dmitri, “Stick someone in a machine to scan their brains and sensory organs and trigger ASMR in them.
This task is much harder than it sounds because you intend to trigger their ASMR and this person expects to be triggered.
Add a big, noisy machine and it’s almost impossible, unless you can find the right people to create the perfect condition to record the information necessary to show the effects of ASMR in the cranial area.”
Given the opportunity, what would you say to a room full of researchers and clinicians whom are trying to decide if putting time and funding into ASMR research is worth the investment?
Dmitri, “There are very few areas in the medical world yet unexplored, this is one of them. Would you like the chance to discover something new no one in the world has discovered? There are many benefits from this research.”
Click HERE to experience ASMR on Dmitri’s massageASMR YouTube channel.
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