We were happy recently to be invited to participate in research and filming for a segment on the “20/20” show, possibly with a general theme of body modification. Check your local ABC-TV station schedules for time, if you are a corset enthusiast and care to see how the national media portrays this fascinating and effective process.
We were pleased that reporter Deborah Roberts who interviewed owner Ann, accepted a lovely training corset seen here. The corset was made for her by team member Jill Hoverman. Roberts is now testing the waist-training process personally as she goes about her active professional life style in New York City, and is making a video diary of her observations and reactions.
One lesson she learned early on when following the gradual daily lacing program we developed for her, was about the importance of paying attention to the body and adjusting her program to remain in the comfort zone. We asked her to report back to us on reactions, and early on, she notified us that she developed skin tingling, and was puzzled about the cause as well as asked if this was “normal.”
As we said to her, this reaction is or may be a natural consequence for some folks when they first change from stretchy modern clothing to structured garments that remain basically immobile. If you sit for long periods of time when snugly laced, this allows a structured, stiff garment to press down on tender skin and even on the underlying bone structure, namely, the ribs. You are then restricting the flow of blood to the skin, and over time, usually during the initial days, some tingling and rib soreness when you take the corset off, may result. Skin itching is another common reaction, especially if you wear your corset in hot climates.
Rib soreness is exactly what our present training student Heather seen to the right (also featured on the “20/20″ show), experienced when she first began training. After a day of only 4 hr.-corseting at a 2″ waist reduction, she noted some tenderness over her lower ribs in both front and back. By the fourth or fifth day, the soreness was more notable, but not painful. We suggested she take two ibuprofen no more than four times a day for a week, but persist in her program. By today the end of her second week of training, Heather reports that the soreness has substantially abated and is almost gone.
For some students who report tingling or soreness, we might recommend backing off lacing by 1/2”, or even reducing the day’s wearing time by one hour. We made that recommendation to Roberts. However, we kept Heather’s original wearing program in place because– in contrast to some of our past students– she is a highly motivated student who is also pleasantly curvy. Thus, she is a bid “padded” over the bony ribs, suggesting that the issue would soon disappear.
What reporter Robert’s and Heather’s reactions confirm is the wisdom of both Victorian and knowledgeable modern-day corseters who know that corset waist training does not take five minutes! It takes a wee bit of patience, willingness to listen to your body’s reactions and respect them, and adjust your program downward, yet persist in building up to long hours of wear before lacing tighter by a small amount, and then dropping back the hours of wear. We call that the ‘roller coaster’ method of training.
We’ve just updated our training manual, “Corset Magic: A Fun Guide to Trim Your Waist and Figure”, by re-designing the new cover page (courtesy of Heather’s graphic artist skills, which are prodigious, cover soon to be released), added a new section on pre-training (developed with former student, Bret), and updated recent research on obesity, nutrition, and corseting results. Clients who have already purchased a book, may email us for a gratis copy of the updated version:
We’re always happy to receive comments on your experience when waist training, or help you with a new training corset order by one of the experienced corsetieres on our team: