I’ve had a lot of questions regarding my corset training, so I want to share my experience and knowledge that I’ve gotten out of it so far. Please keep in mind that I haven’t been practicing for very long, only for about ten weeks now, but it’s been interesting. If you’re not familiar with corset training, it’s a method of gradual waist reduction using a waist-cinching corset. Training is different from tight lacing or casual corset wearing. Tight lacing is an occasional thing, which I’ve done for burlesque performances or photo shoots, where you cinch in the waist for only a short time; whereas with corset training, you wear the corset for longer periods of time each day as more of a lifestyle activity. I wear mine for about four hours most days, and occasionally I sleep in it.
My natural waist is 24” and my daily training corset is 18” around when it is fully closed. In the ten weeks I’ve worn it so far, I’ve been able to cinch to 19” or 20” comfortably for a few hours at a time, and recently, I’ve been able to get it to 18” but it’s still not very comfortable being laced that tight, so I have more progress to go. Corseting takes a lot of dedication and patience, and isn’t comfortable at times, but it shouldn’t be painful either. One question that I’ve been asked frequently is if my waist stays that small without the corset or if the training has made a noticeable difference in my natural waist size. To be honest, I haven’t seen a difference in my natural waist, however, it’s been gradually easier to lace down smaller. To get the natural waist smaller, a trainer would need to wear a corset very regularly or 24/7 for a long period of time. A lot of the reduction comes from squeezing air from the organs and moving in the floating ribs (the lowest and softest parts of the rib cage). Once you take the corset off, that internal air will come back in, but over time the floating ribs will become more accustomed to being brought in and have the possibility of staying close to that position.
The next most asked question is where to get a good training corset. There are many great corsetieres out there that can easily be found with some Internet research and I will include a few resources in the footnote. The two most important things when choosing a training corset is that it is custom made to your measurements. Everyone’s body is different, and it’s supremely important that the corset only cinches in the natural waistline and doesn’t put pressure on the under-bust area of the ribcage of the iliac crest. The corset must also be steel boned so that it doesn’t warp or bend too much under pressure.
Everyone that corset trains has their own personal motivations for doing so. I myself am petite, and not interested in it for weight loss. I do feel sexy and ladylike with my corset on. Especially under clothing, it can feel like a naughty secret. What I’ve enjoyed most about it so far is seeing my body do something so unnatural and beautiful, similar to a body mod. It can be fun to see what your body is capable of doing. Also, I enjoy the feeling of restriction as a fetish. I would compare it to the appeal of bondage or asphyxiation; for me, the feeling of being squeezed in is highly erotic.
So far, I’ve experienced some surprise benefits of training: better posture, additional back support, and improved poise. Additionally, owning a ‘luxury’ item that is uniquely fit to your own body can feel like an indulgent treat. My daily training corset is plain and actually wasn’t very expensive (190 USD), but speaking as woman, having such a unique, historical, and exquisite item makes me feel like royalty. I hope that this information is helpful and please keep in mind that I am fairly new to training and am not a doctor or expert on the subject, I can only share what I know. If you have any questions feel free to message me on my Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Siara.Gray.
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