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Dear Dr.Oz,

I am the owner of ROMANTASY Exquisite Corsetry in San Francisco, a retired State Deputy Attorney General, and the author of the only detailed  ‘how to’ manual on corset waist training called “Corset Magic: A Fun guide to Trim Your Waist and Figure.” A copy is included for your review, with respect to your show segment on Feb. 12 treating with this topic.

From watching the segment I believe you have been misinformed about injuries from, and inadequately advised about the many benefits of, corseting and waist training. Your expert Dr. Florence said that there is clinical evidence that serious injuries occurred, but she did not cite specific numbers and types of injury, other than mention a few conditions that obviously will occur when one wears a tight garment, namely blood pressure and temperature rise and some organs move.

However, movement or elevation in and of themselves do not constitute harm per se, whereas obesity per se, does constitute harm. To my mind, obesity seems the far more dangerous health matter that we must address by supporting and advocating any and all reasonable measures to motivate folks to control this disease and reverse the dangerous trend of expanding waistlines and concomitant life-shortening health problems.

I sincerely hope you will take your time to review my manual and the many happy personal histories reported therein. I also hope you will consider sponsoring another show that brings on experts who have long experience with the process, both from personal waist training efforts and personal knowledge of others’ efforts, as well as a grounding in medical fact and research. Such folks can offer the other side of the picture to the negative one your expert told but without much detail. I hope too, that you will bring on a physician who can speak to the more accurate view that corseting can be of enormous health benefit with certain provisos considering moderation and corset fit.

To that end perhaps you might wish to read the words of Milton Simmons, M.D., and others commenting on my website FAQ page on corseting and health matters:

Additionally you might enjoy reading a happy corset wearer’s experience, ABC-TB reporter Deborah Roberts who conducted a short experiment with our ROMANTASY waist training coaching program, wearing one of our custom corsets made for her torso shape from eight different figure measurements, set forth in her blog of fall,2012:

Further, I have several students and colleague corset educators who might be interested in speaking of their experience, and I have appeared on many national television and radio shows commenting on the topic, which shows are summarized on this page:

In sum, my 25-year dedicated personal experience wearing corsets and waist training, coaching about 25 students in our specific ROMANTASY three-month process, and listening to reports of many of the 8000 clients I have provided corsets to over my business history, plus research on body modifications that occur when lacing down, convinces me that the great weight of authority supports the fact that corsets are more than just safe. They are beneficial.

That is true if they are well fitting of a suitable style and are worn deliberately following a slow plan of lacing down, proper nutrition, and moderate exercise.

Corset waist training is beneficial in immediately cutting appetite back and like gastric banding reducing the output of ghrelin, the hunger hormone, with the result of disappearing hunger in a rather short time. Corset waist training shrinks our stomachs and cuts portion sizes that satisfy us, teaches us what foods are best to enhance digestion and elimination, improves our posture immediately and teaches us body memory and standing up with the spine properly positioned. Corsets enhance personal image, can provide psychological support and a sense of control during times of great stress, can provide low and high back support, help avoid injury in lifting, and can alleviate pain from scoliosis, pre-menstrual cramps, IBS, and other.

All of my coaching students are much like the three ladies on your show who expressed their joy at improved posture and support and some weight reduction while wearing their garments. It was therefore a true shame that they became concerned after hearing your overly-broad assertion that corseting could “Possibly put their health at risk.”

Actually, anything in life can put our health at risk.

Walking across the street can possibly put health at risk. Having a baby and moving organs around much the way corsets do moderately over time, can possibly put your health at risk – but usually doesn’t.

The point is, how do we educate ourselves and minimize the risk in choices we make for a greater good and enhanced pleasure in a long, healthy life?

Usually if we follow Aristotle’s mean, “everything in moderation,” corseting will provide a very happy, artistic, creative, fun way to get control of our figures, our nutrition, our bad habits, our slouch, and will improve our self image and overall sense of well being.

And what could be better than that? I hope to hear back and visit your show in the near future to share my 25 year experience.

Best regards,

Ann Grogan, President
415 587-3863
ROMANTASY Exquisite Corsetry
2912 Diamond St. Ste. 239
San Francisco, CA 94131



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Motivation and charity – and our Corset Raffle to benefit a local battered women’s shelter

logoThe goal of our 25th year-in-business celebration is by Feb. 15 at 5 pm PST, to raise a nice sum of money for San Francisco’s oldest battered women and children’s shelter, La Casa de las Madres:

This 36-bed facility has to raise half its annual funds and we’d like to help! But as of Feb. 4 we are a bit surprised that no one has taken us up on FOUR remaining  SCHOLARSHIPS of five for “name your own raffle fee”  less than the $25 suggested raffle donation.  You could win a $200-300 corset for say, $5 or 10 or 20~And of course we’d like to keep  moving to our goal of a nice total donation amount, and hope you will help and help us get the word out to your social media corset-enthusiast contacts.

Recently one lady lusting after a fully custom ROMANTASY corset, took us up on the offer and submitted what she felt she could afford for a chance to win a Basic Line, lined corset with your choice of fabric and embellishments, even including rhinestones and lace!! It’s a neat little sleep or hot-wear or fashion corset, fully custom by either Jill or Sharon. To take a chance, please submit your entrance fee by Feb. 15 at 5 pm simply by calling us: 415 587-3863. Drawing will be Feb. 15 at 6 pm with winner announced on Feb. 19.

On to Motivation. That’s my topic — and it’s relevant to our charity efforts this important month.

I often muse about motivation as relevant to my efforts as a waist-training coach for students enrolled in our formal three-month coaching  program. A potential new student is coming over soon to be measured for a corset by Sheri, which corset which she has already chosen via her online research.  Sheri makes what must be the most comfy training corset ever, because she allows for breathing room in her patterning, and opts for very strong but lighter-weight construction:

An article in the Sunday Jan. 11 New York Times, “Workout Economics”,  once more set me to thinking about motivating my students. The author J. Barro mentions a quite human “overoptimism” about what we will accomplish, particularly at the beginning of each year with it comes to diets and working out.  According to the December/January AARP Magazine in an article “New Year, New You” by Jan Chatzky, we spent $22 billion on health clubs in 2013.  “And a lot of that cash is wasted.”  One Boston study reported in the Times article found that gym members said they would work out about 9.5 times a month, more than twice their actual attendance. Not surprising. Can you imagine how many gorgeous full custom corsets some of that wasted $22 billion would buy? I might have to retire if some of those who wasted billions came to their senses and opted instead for some corsets from ROMANTASY!

I know for sure that the source of motivation to corset waist train must come from within, although external encouragement and support by others, even from a formal ‘training buddy’ that we assign to each student,  is key to keep students going all the way to the end of their planned program.

Knowing oneself is also key, so that each student is aware of how they got to the place that they are now dissatisfied with their figure, weight or shape, and want to change. But knowledge is not full power–and not the full story.

Sometimes students find surprising motivational matters along their way, as Gigi did. Gigi is pictured here dancing the night away at her graduation party, with Simon (from Switzerland!), and below right with Lynn, another  student who completed her coaching program a month before Gigi began. Gigi  grew to love getting up in the dark at 5 am, putting on her yoga clothes, and doing her oblique waist exercises by candlelight every morning. It was quite the surprise to her and to me to learn that she enjoyed that routine. Chatzky says that a ritual does not feel like work, quoting author James Hill, author of the book State of SlimGigi and Simon dancing 2002

I also know that if a student can make getting up in the morning and putting on a gorgeous corset for the day’s wearing period, be the reward itself (and the concomitant feelings of being hugged and looking great!), then they tend to follow their program through to the end. Chatzky reported the same: to avoid wasting your money on gym memberships and meaningless resolutions each year, exercise should become the reward itself.

I also thought that collecting my somewhat substantial coaching fee up front with no refunds for dropping out, might do the same. However, I now think that I was only partly right.

I learned from the Times article that paying up front for gym memberships–or perhaps even for my coaching program (typical fee is $400 for three months, or $300 if a corset is purchased from a ROMANTASY team corsetiere) —  does not in and of itself, work to keep us moving toward our goal.

What worked for participants in one study was to set aside more than the cost of a gym membership in the expectation that some of that money would be released to the member but only if they worked out regularly over the next two months — otherwise it would be given to charity.

The effects of this contract on workout frequency persisted for years; three years after the study, those who had elected the set-aside contracts remained 20 percent more likely to work out than those who had not been offered any incentives.Gigi and LynnGigi back 2002

Based on this study, I’m going to implement a similar approach with my new student if she concurs. I will invoice her the entire coaching fee up front and we will set April 18 as her start date followed by three months of corset waist training. If she completes all three months at a 95% satisfaction rate as to all elements of her detailed plan, then I will “refund” her $100 as her graduation present.

If she does not, then I will donate it to La Casa de las Madres, my chosen local charity! I’m not about to give that money to an “anti-charity” also suggested in the Times article, that is, to a charity that my student just hates, tho it’s an interesting idea.

I’m wondering what motivational factors have kept you on track and wearing your corset in any formal waist-training program or effort to reach permanent loss or notable temporary waistline reduction?



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