Age and Corset Waist Training: a fascinating new fact

My June 29 New York Times had a fascinating article about the teenage brain, and I learned one more reason to advise that one be 18 yrs old as a minimum before starting corset waist training — or older.

Corset by Sharon for ROMANTASYThe Times’ opinion article “Why Teenagers Act Crazy” by Richard A. Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College (wonder if he knows Dr. Oz?), reported on research that shows that the teenage brain is obsessed with fear and excess anxiety,  while  reasoning and executive control emanating from the prefrontal cortex do not develop until later, around age 25. That’s one reason teenagers are prone to accidents and injury — and in my opinion that fact signifies enhancement of the risk that teenagers may use poor judgment in pursuing waist training.

While we will make a corset for a Junior or Senior high school prom and have done so a number of times (witness the cute peacock blue and lace corset by Sharon, and red silk corset by Sue  worn by two high school women), we won’t make it excessively restrictive, and we generally don’t accept a waist-training coaching student who is under 21. That’s the age when the long bones in women at least, approach their maximum growth (tho it may take longer), and apparently, the age when reasoning becomes more sound.

mivasuejacblueConversely, I’m sometimes asked “am I too old for corsets, or to waist train?”

My general answer is, “Are you in generally good health,  specifically with no hypertension, high blood pressure, hernias repaired or otherwise, GERD disease, severe constipation, ankle swelling, or severe asthma?” Almost anyone without these substantial health challenges and in generally good health can wear a corset and pursue waist training in my experience.

In the end it is a highly individual matter as to how comfortable or fast the process of waist-reshaping will be, and that also depends upon the kind and fit of corset is being used for that purpose.

I started pursuing custom corsetry when I was 48 and I’m still going, tho albeit at a less frequent interval, with less tight-lacing. I turned a happy and generally healthy 70 years of age last fall and intend to corset and educate about them, for many years to come!

What’s painful to me is not my corset or any periodic waist-training I do pursue from time to time, but to see so many middle-aged and older women let go of their bodies, sense of sexiness and well-being, and give way to sloppy posture and formless clothing behind which to hide. Men, too, by the way. But I know how women suffer from poor body images far beyond men, and I know how great the grand majority of women of any age will look and feel if they venture out to try a fully-custom corset.



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2 responses to “Age and Corset Waist Training: a fascinating new fact

  1. zoni

    Hi I m 34 …want to reduce my waist that is 32 can I start coreseting? I hv no medical what else I hv to do along with wearing plz guide I hv no idea about it just saw your article. …..
    looking forward to your reply



    • Hi Zoni, Thanks for your inquiry! I’m happy to help and the best way is to recommend you visit our website, click on Enter Romantasy and read that store front page. Most folks begin with an underbust Vic or Edwardian. Click on waist training, then the book category that pops up, and scroll to the middle of that page. You can then click right thru to those styles made by each of the three accomplished corset makers on our ROMANTASY team. once i have an order and/or your measurements by email (click on Measure and Design button to get to our measurement form with pictures of the process), then I can review them for accuracy and advise you personally as to your desires or any changes I might recommend. I would also need to know your main purposes for ordering a corset, height, weight, and something about your budget and silhouette preference (click on Design and read about silhouettes). I hope that helps you get started toward a superior custom corset at ROMANTASY!

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