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"I'm interested in purchasing my first corset, but in my research via the internet it seems that "training" is needed to gain benefit from a corset. I am not looking for a corset to wear during everyday life but if training is needed, I could do it during the nighttime hours. My first question is, is there some training needed everyday or am I able to wear a corset occasionally?" -- Patty, March 23, 1998
"I'm a male, 45, and am getting interested in corset training about 3 maybe 4 inches off my waist. Should I corset down by this amount? I'm not interested in trying to pass as a woman, just want to relocate some stuff. (smile) I'm about 5'9", 145 lbs. What do you think?" -- Keith, July 27, 1998
Especially for those who have questions such as the customers above,
and who are new to the marvelous and exciting world of wearing
corsets and waist training, ROMANTASY is pleased to sponsor since
1998, a detailed personal coaching program for figure-control and
weight loss known as corset waist-training.
This student wrote us during her final week of training:
Please also read Lynn's evaluation when she graduated in May, 2001 after successfully completing her program. Lynn (beaming on right, is joined at her graduation ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel by Melinda (L) and Marcia (C).
This program is intended for
those who care about general good health, want to learn more about
proper eating habits, may need to firm up their body on a permanent
but moderate basis (such as our above student), or who are only
interested in increasing their waist reduction while corseted on a
In addition, ROMANTASY is committed to moderation in the process of reaching one's goals. Thus, our program focuses on your reasonable goals, and individual needs and concerns. ROMANTASY is also committed to helping clients maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime to insure continuing good health while corseting. You may wish to learn more about our philosophy and approach to training in our over 300-page book, Corset Magic: A Fun Guide to Trim Your Waist and Figure. To learn more, here is the book's Table of Contents and Introduction.
Although we cannot give you specifics of the program you will follow---because your program will be customized to fit your needs and lifestyle, we can give you an example of what we recommend.
Here is how I answered:
For example, if I would have applied to my program last December, 2000, completed the questionnaire I send potential students, and answered that I drink a pot of coffee a day and only one glass of water, I as Coach would definitely have something to say about that bad practice. I would have set up a program element for me to reduce coffee intake to no more than two cups per day and add in no less than six glasses of water or juice.
As for exercise, I will work with you to
determine what is realistic and fun for you to accomplish,
considering your work schedule and other commitments, plus your
exercise history. For example, I hate to run as I have a weak back
and knees, but I love to walk. So I would recommend that I walk
three times a week for 45 minutes each time. Hope these examples
help you see that we are not martinets in our coaching program."
I am frequently asked what kind of corset or restrictive garment is best for waist training. Preferable above all, is an hourglass underbust custom corset. You need a garment that follows the natural curves of your body and moves internal organs around in the least precipitous or unnatural fashion. You need to avoid any style that presses inward on your ribs or pelvic bone, creates a sway back, or dramatically thrusts up or down the stomach, diaphragm, intestines, or liver. You also need the most comfortable vertical length for serious waist training, that is, one that comes to just under the bosom and goes low enough to cover the tummy. Likely, you will need one that, on the side, ends high on the hips, permitting easier waist reduction, rather than a corset that goes down low over the hips and encases more of the body. This latter style is known as a "longline" or Edwardian style corset. The former style, preferred for waist training, is known as an "underbust" hourglass Victorian style.
Overbust styles are certainly not an option. Christine Y., one of my students, wanted to get started training immediately after her first corset-an overbust Victorian-was delivered. Halfway through the first month, when she reached long hours of required wear at the first level of waist reduction, the going got rough. She tried her best to "get going" and made it to the next smaller waist-reduction level. However, by the end of the second month, she began to experience some numbness on her hipbone. She was getting tired of the corset's stiff feeling on her body as she had an active day job involving long hours and many stooping and lifting movements. She eventually had to give up wearing the corset and wait for her underbust style to arrive in order to continue.
I observed Christine struggle during training and listened to her express feelings of discouragement from not reaching her goals as readily as she and I had anticipated. Of course, I applauded her decision to stop wearing the corset once she noticed the numbness. After this student's experience, I decided to require future students to own a well-fitting underbust hourglass Victorian style in which to train. I want them to have the best possible chance of successfully reaching reasonable goals, and frankly, I hate to fail in my coaching efforts as much as students dislike not succeeding.
It's not possible to effectively waist train with a plastic-boned or elastic garment. You may need to train working from two hours per day, to up to 12 to 24 continuous hours a day at a four- to eight-inch waist reduction. That will depend on your goals and progress. But at the longer hours of training and corset wear, elastic and plastic boning won't hold up under what typically will be from 60 to 90 pounds of waistline pressure. Nor will such boning create any serious waist reduction. In addition, fabric in an un-boned or plastic-boned nipper will tend to bunch up at the waistline, "which will pinch your flesh and become uncomfortable. Corset bones are like umbrella ribs. They are meant to stretch the fabric, to keep it flat and smooth and avoid wrinkles at the waist," says O.Y. Dalziel, a corset enthusiast from London with over 53 years of corseting experience and a ten-inch waist reduction when corseted.
"Waist nippers" or short cinchers, about nine inches high or less, are usually too short, causing the tummy fat to squish out from the bottom edge. In addition, "Your spare upper body flesh is squeezed out like toothpaste coming out of a tube," according to O.Y., creating unsightly and unhealthy effects that might become permanent.
Can you train with a Training Belt? Yes and no.
If you tend to have a tummy, constant training with a belt may well
pooch out that tummy even more. You need a good corset low enough
over your pooch to control it and press it inwards. If you have no such problem, or if you
alternate a belt with a corset, then a belt might be suitable. I
love training in my belt in the morning, changing in the afternoon
to my training corset. Or, if I just can't tolerate a full corset
for some reason and my body rebels, I wear my belt. The belt does
not restrict the ribs or lungs and it is in general, easier to eat
and move about in a belt. Men can usually effectively train with a
belt (they don't have the tummy pooch problem, usually---but not
always.). If you opt for the belt for budget reasons and
you do have a tummy, also wear a girdle to give you more support.
You can read about our great Training Belts
Your coach is Ann Grogan, owner of San Francisco
ROMANTASY Exquisite Corsetry. ROMANTASY offers the world's
largest collection of quality custom corset makers and styles.
Ann has regularly corseted since 1990, reduced her 24" waist to
22.5-23", and in 2004 corseted down to 18", seen in the photo
left (Scarlett O'Hara move over!). She owns and wears almost on
a daily basis, one of her over 70 custom corsets made by
ROMANTASY's corset makers. She corresponds with many corset
makers, wearers and enthusiasts around the world, whose
expertise will from time to time be made available to you.
She has written a bi-monthly fashion column for a new Bay Area newspaper, Spectrum. She offers an intimate and informative corset workshop for couples called the "Secrets of Tight-Lacing and Love Making" filmed by HBO for the program, "Real Sex", and also twice by German TV RTL for "Peep" and other news shows.
Ann has studied the history of corseting and construction techniques for achieving a particular profile or fit for a wide variety of body shapes and sizes. She is fascinated by human behavior and relationship. She adores the elegance of the corset, the general physical benefits of achieving a lady-like posture, the beauty of the curvaceous figure no matter what body shape or size, and the psychological feelings of abiding comfort and warm embrace when corseted.
Ann is a genetic female. She is enthusiastic about the popularity of corset-wearing by either gender, and has an objective viewpoint regarding that matter.
Your first enrollment fee
of $400 provides you with:
|HOW TO MAKE WAIST TRAINING GOALS PERMANENT|
We are frequently asked, "is waist training permanent?". Our answer is a common-sense one: yes and no. We all understand full well that taking our corset off, then pigging out on Krispy Kremes will result in rapid weight and waistline gain!
You most likely must opt for and continue with much of the healthy nutrition and moderate exercise program you adopted during training, and most likely pursue that for your entire life. In addition, we recommend you do what we call "maintenance corseting" which might include wearing a Training Belt or our "Sweet Dreams" light-weight corset from two to three days per week as a reminder about portion control and good posture. Or you may prefer to conduct focused mini-training sessions of several weeks or a month, from time to time when you realize your weight or body fat content are moving back up more than you would like. All of the above have served our students well to keep the pounds off though they, like everyone, do experience a bit of weight gain now and then. From the discipline learned during our formal program, they also know well how to manage that gain, and rapidly return to their post-training desired shape and size. It is completely rare that a student returns to his or her exact pre-training shape or size, Indeed over the years we have been coaching students, we have learned through six-month follow-up evaluations, that only one student experienced that disappointment which was primary due to a combination of enormous personal stresses encountered shortly after reaching his training goals.
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