The rhythmic motions of preparation, the fresh aroma, the delicately complex taste; it’s no wonder that Japanese green tea can bring on a profoundly peaceful state of mind. When I set out to try Japanese tea for the first time, my goal wasn’t to find a method of relaxation. The Zen aura surrounding Japanese greens did play into my fascination with the drink, but the relaxing properties didn’t really hit home until making tea became routine.
Relaxation Starts with the Preparation
Maybe it’s most obvious in the cha no yu tea ceremony. Each motion is thought out, given importance, and has a beautiful flow to it. As each step unfolds, you will feel more relaxed. But this isn’t limited to the Japanese tea ceremony, it applies to sencha and other less ceremonial occasions as well. The routine of measuring, gauging temperature, weighing the leaf, et cetera, brings a repetitive comfort to the preparation of your brew. There may be good reason for this. A growingly reported sensation known as ASMR could be responsible for the calmness within the repetition.
Japanese Tea and ASMR
ASMR, which stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, is a pleasurable sensation brought on by fluid motions, crisp sounds, and other well defined stimulations of the senses. Some experience this sensation as a tingling that sends shivers down your spine. Others experience ASMR as a relaxing feeling, which is what I’d like to focus on.
If you think about it, when having tea, you go through the repetitive motions, and you smell and taste the crisp intricacies of the green liquid. Belle’s Tip: Be sure to read more about ASMR here, and if you have a pair of headphones handy, check out some of the ASMRtists on YouTube 🙂
Don’t Forget to Drink It
We can talk about the preparation of tea and its ASMR inducing qualities, but when it comes down to it, it’s all about the drinking.
Drinking Japanese green tea is a whole experience. The healing warmth of the tea coupled with its grassy-green flavor is surely able to sooth even the weariest tea drinker’s soul. In a way, it wraps you in the same embrace as good comfort food can.
This could be attributed to the fact that Japanese green tea also contains caffeine, and L-theanine. L-theanine is considered to promote alpha brainwaves. It is also known as a natural remedy for anxiety. (I’m assuming we all know that caffeine is a stimulant.) The combination of the two often gives the tea drinker a feeling of peaceful wakefulness.
Tangled in fresh aromas, the warm waves of relaxation really make taking the time out of your day for tea worth while.
What Do You Find Relaxing About Japanese Green Tea?
I’ve told you my thoughts, now you tell me yours 🙂 What is it about Japanese tea that relaxes you?