Sneezing and corsets: oil and water!

Sneezing and corsets? Yup… sneezing and corsets go together like oil and water:  they don’t!

They don’t, for two primary reasons.

When you corset down 4 or more inches from your natural waist size, there are many pounds of pressure placed in the locale of your waistline, perhaps from 60 to 90 pounds. Yes, there have been experiments made to measure this, albeit not all that scientific of ones. If you have experienced that kind of pressure continuously over some hours of corset wear during waist training (or showing off!), then you know it becomes more and more challenging, and the feeling  can approach your pain threshold.

Imagine sneezing and placing double the amount of pressure on your midriff. Bolt of lightening? Something like that as I’ve experienced it.

And imagine the stress placed on threads and fabric.

Corsets are not Mac trucks, although on some days they may feel like one. Something will sooner or later have to give, if not the first time you have a sneezing fit, and usually it is threads and seaming at the waistline, especially waistlines of corsets made by new corsetieres who have not had time to do what we do at Romantasy:

carefully field test 50 or more corsets (often 50 or more of one style of corset) and expose them to tight lacing pressures during normal activities of daily living, before they are even offered for sale by our business.

Thus, we know the quality,  strength, and durability of our corset construction and keep it at the top of what is available today, plus we give you accurate advice about the kind of wear to expect out of the style you choose. We advertise on our website and in personal consultations we conduct in San Francisco, what we consider ‘tight lacing’ quality and what is more fashion quality corsetry, and you may rely on our advice bsed on our 20-plus years in this specialty business.

Yes, split seams can be repaired, at least for our clients. However, many corsetiere on the web and in business today won’t do it, and some won’t even answer your calls for help. Sadly, we hear about that more than we might wish. But why waste a lot of money with repairs that basically require the corsetiere to almost re-make your entire corset? You can expect to pay  $100 or more for that kind of intensive repair, and more like $200 would be in order.

Don’t sneeze while tightlaced. Or if a sneeze sneaks up on you, suck your belly in and curve your back (a ‘contraction’ in Graham dance technique), don’t push your belly out, and expel the sneeze lightly and quietly from the very top of your lungs. We often call that ‘sneezing’ delicately, like a lady.

Better yet, do not corset, waist train and certainly don’t tight lace during allergy season or when you have a cold or the flu. It’s not pleasant to squeeze your midriff and reduce your breathing capacity when both are already reduced and compromised; why push the corset envelop?

I’d like to share some great tips on treating allergies,  something I suffer mightily from and all my life. Consider implementing these health strategies if you too, suffer.

It’s from The Daily Record, a Scottish online newspaper:

And take a break from waist training!


Some are sensitive to several types. Keeping a diary of your symptoms and matching it against a pollen calendar will help pin down the problem and get the right treatment.

Check the pollen forecast, which is widely available on TV, radio and websites. It can help you plan your day and avoid high pollen counts wherever possible.

Wearing wraparound sunglasses protects your eyes from pollen, spores and sunlight.

It’s best to wear glasses rather than contact lenses. Stay clear of mascara as pollen can stick to it, increasing the chances of irritation.

Keep windows closed at home and in the office, even on hot days. An air conditioning unit may be a worthwhile investment for the home.

Lack of sleep can increase stress levels, making hay fever worse. Regular exercise and a balanced diet will also help in this respect.

Change your clothes, wash your hair and rinse your eyes after being outside to get rid of pollen. If your children suffer, encourage them to wash their hands and face after they have been outside. When washing clothes, it’s best to dry them indoors as well.

Stock up on anti-allergy foods. A diet rich in vitamin A and vitamin B boosts and detoxifies the immune system. Eat green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach, and summer berries, such as raspberries and blackcurrants.

Local honey is also supposed to help relieve symptoms. Try eating a teaspoon every day.

Check the pollen filter in your car is up to scratch.

It’s often found under the plastic panel beneath the wiper blades, and it prevents dust particles and pollen getting into your car.

If you suffer from hay fever while at the wheel, this could be the solution.

Green tea and camomile tea can be good for alleviating symptoms. They are rich in antioxidants which are thought to have a natural antihistamine effect. Drinking two cups a day of either may help.

Invest in a good vacuum cleaner. Keeping your house as free as possible from dust and pollen will minimise symptoms.

Spending a bit extra on a good cyclone vacuum cleaner is worth the money. Clean soft furnishings such as cushions, sofas and mattresses, too.

Get some exercise. Not only will this help reduce stress levels, but regular exercise can also help boost the body’s immunity.

Avoid exercising outside when the pollen count is at its highest as this will defeat the purpose.


Filed under Custom Corsets Suitable for Waist Training, General Waist Training Information, Hot Topics on Health, Quality Corsetry

2 responses to “Sneezing and corsets: oil and water!

  1. Lynn

    One more thing! If you are already corseted, and you feel a sneeze coming on, pinch your septum hard! This is the flesh of the nose that divides your nostrils. You will have to put your fingers into the nostrils a little way to get a good pinch, but it instantly removes your need to sneeze. Some people also say to pinch the little fold above the cupid’s bow, but that doesn’t work as well for me.

    Afterward, please blow your nose to clear out whatever was irritating your it in the first place.

    • Hi Lynn, sorry for my delay in answering your blog comment, with thanks for joining the conversation. Just a few weeks ago a client told me she had split a sideseam in a brand new custom, top quality corset, loosely laced on during the seasoning process. (I’m certain this was not due to product defect since our corsetiere has about 10 years of experience and maybe 400 corsets to her name, or more). How did she damage her corset? She had sneezed! However, she explained that people typically duck when she sneezes because her sneezes are so explosive and loud. She cannot prevent them by the normal whole-nose close technique because she has popped a blood vessel in her nose one time, she told me!

      I tried to encourage her to learn to suck inward when she felt a sneeze coming on, and concentrate on blowing out the sneeze from her upper chest and nose, rather than by letting go of her lower belly.

      I’ve never heard about your technique which does not totally block the nose, but I will immediately try it myself, and thank you for this advice which I’ll pass on to my client. Meantime we are repairing her corset since it can be done, but most don’t realize the corset needs to be opened up with a good bit of labor involved in reinforcing the seam to make this kind of repair. Since she had not tight-laced or gone against our instructions, even tho she admitted to an unsually-huge sneeze, we are doing this repair at no cost to her but postage back, of course. It’s far better to follow our “wear and care’ written advice not to sneeze in the first place when corseted (especially when laced down 4” or more which puts from 60-90 lbs. of pressure on the corset) using all means possible! I’d be interested in hearing others’ advice on this matter. I find looking away from the light or closing my eyes also helps me to avoid sneezes.

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