Hello Corset and Lifestyle Health Enthusiasts! I discovered the true magic of custom corsetry 18 years ago when I tried on my first BR Creations Corset at a lecture in San Francisco by Ruth Johnson, perhaps the best known and respected American corsetiere, sadly now retired from the ROMANTASY corsetmaker team. Almost immediately I came to appreciate corsets for creating proper posture of which my Mom approved!, providing back support for my tired muscles (and preventing further back injury), and improving the fit of my clothing. Plus–and to be quite honest–that first corset garnered me a lot of audience appreciation from those strange folk from Mars…nothing I had ever benefited from over my young years as a twiggy-type tomgirl from Venus! (Dolly Parton, I’m not!).
However, over the years I worked with Ruth in my San Francisco lingerie and corset shop, which became my present active Internet corset website, my personal interest and commitment turned from fashion first, to health first. I realized that health is the single most important sine qua non that enables true happiness in life. Without health nothing much else matters. So I turned my attention to the somewhat mystical connection between corsets and permanent figure-shaping and weight loss I noted in my customers, and then in me, as I maintained and even dropped 1/2 inch off my 24″-waistline (better than in high school, believe it or not!). Thus, it is from this commitment to health first—both yours, and mine–that I launch this blog on corsets, and focus our discussion on the increasingly-popular topic of “Waist Training,” our speciality at ROMANTASY and the topic of my detailed book, Corset Magic: A Fun Guide to Trim Your Waist and Figure. I’m interested in your comments about how waist-binding, belting, corseting, or even nutrition and exercise (which as Professor Valerie Steele says, creates an internal type of corset), has helped you or others trim your waistline, maintain your health and figure, or more importantly, step back from the precipice of the growing national and international disease of obesity. Welcome to the discussion, so that together we can help others take a step forward toward health and happiness, as they lace a step down in their beautiful, magical corset!