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Corseting FAQ's

  • Waist Cincher vs. Corset. What’s the difference?
What are waist cinchers? A waist cincher is a compression garment that targets the abdomen specifically. That is where the similarity to corsets ends. A latex waist cincher is not actually a corset, but more like a girdle or other types of shapewear with several sets of hook and eyes down the center. It has a latex core with a cotton exterior and interior lining. Some are made with plastic boning down the sides to act as anchors and to keep the corset from rolling up. They either come in a waist cincher style or a vest and can be called a “waist training corset vest” or a “workout corset.” The theory behind the workout corset is that is works by stimulating thermal activity and ramps up perspiration which supposedly helps eliminate localized and stored fat. Much like getting a wrap at the spa or what the wrestlers wore in high school to quickly meet weight limits. The vests are supposed to reposition fat and water weight so that eventually you cannot store fat in your abdomen any more. A waist cincher will reduce an inch or two from your waistline while you are wearing it and is designed to provide a slimming affect underneath your clothes. If you carry your weight in your tummy, they can help give you more of a waistline but not the hourglass curves a steel boned corset will give you.
  • What are steel boned waist training corsets?
They are corsets that go around the waist, under the bust and have steel front busks and lace in the back. The key to their shaping power is steel boning. The steel allows the corsets to be cinched in while also keeping their shape. The point of steel boned waist training, is that as you slowly tighten the laces, it redefines your waist to the shape of the corset.
  • So what’s the difference between the two types?
First off the latex cincher is not a real corset. A true corset has boning and laces in the back. Secondly, there is no proof that the latex cinchers actually cause a permanent change in your shape like the steel boned corsets. The steel boned corset actually changes your physical shape over time. They both give you an instantly slimmer shape, but the latex cincher can still give you bulges in the back and side because the fabric and boning are not sturdy enough to hold you all in. Steel boned corsets are designed to not only give you incredible curves, but will instantly take three to six inches (or more) off instantly while helping you to re-shape your body overtime.
  • What is waist training? 
What is waist training? Traditionally "waist training" referred to the use of steel boned corsets to develop an hourglass shape. More recently, celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose have redefined the term with the use of latex waist cinchers during workouts, shifting the entire concept of waist training.
Waist training = corset training.
    Waist training is a gradual process of waist reduction using a steel boned corset. Wearing a high quality corset, exercising and eating a clean healthy diet can greatly reduce your waist. Wearing a corset helps reduce food volume intake by gently constricting the internal organs thus helping to promote the healthier practice of smaller meals, more often, rather than three large meals a day.
    Waist training as a means of permanent waist-reduction and re-shaping is a practice requiring discipline and is best achieved when the following the Triad Of Success. Wear your corset, Eat Clean, and Exercise. We recommend a personalized plan. Results will be slower and harder to obtain if the 3 major components are not practiced as a gradual program of modifying the shape of the body.
    So, what are the steps to follow for correct waist-training?
    STEP TWO: Begin with submitting your measurements. We’ll select the size of your corset based upon your measurements. Please order accordingly. We advise all of our newbies to begin their waist training by choosing one of our Vixen Waist Training Corsets.
    STEP THREE: A person’s body must become accustomed to wearing a corset. We promote a safe and pleasurable corseting experience and strongly recommend following the seasoning schedule. Any new corset must be broken in or you can damage the garment. Corsets are extremely stiff when new and must be allowed to mold themselves and change shape according to where your ribs and hips are. This takes time. If you rush the process you will either hurt yourself or ‘pop’ a steel bone or warp the corset. Once the garment is fully seasoned then you can begin to further tighten your corset.
    Be sure to drink PLENTY of WATER as this will help to increase perspiration and flush out fat deposits. We do not advise sleeping in your primary waist training corset. For those who want to aggressively train, we offer Le Bonne Nuit Sleeping Corset. Once your corset is fully closed you can progress to the next size down as part of your continued waist training regime until your goal has been reached.
    • How Long Before I See Results?
    If you pay for gym membership-would you expect the trainers to know when you achieve your fitness goals? Of course not! The act of buying a gym membership does guarantee anything. How many hours a week will you work out? Will you adapt healthier eating habits? How rigorous will your workouts be? How consistent will your workouts be? Will your family genetics help or hinder your progress?
    You can see how quickly each of these variables will affect your individual timeline. The same is true for waist training. How many hours a day will you wear your corset (this can range from just a few hours to up to 23 hours per day)? How many days each week? Do you plan to incorporate diet and/or exercise into your waist training regiment (as opposed to just the body modification aspect of waist training)? Will your genetics help or hinder your progress?
    In short, there is no “average” time it takes to see results.
    • Are Corsets and Waist Training Dangerous?
    With corseting and waist training in the news so much, there is a LOT of information out there about how dangerous wearing a corset can be. FACT, it IS actually safe to wear a corset AND even to waist train without damaging your body. We suggest the common sense method of corsetry:
    “Is your corset causing you pain?” If the answer is a resounding “YES!”, then loosen the darn thing or take it off completely! The idea of no pain, no gain does not apply here.
    Listen to your body and you will be just fine! Corseting can actually even be beneficial in a some cases. Take things slow when you get a new corset. The process of seasoning your corset will give the corset time to mold to your body AND your body can get used to the idea of wearing a corset!
    • What is seasoning?
    Seasoning is the process of the corset forming to your body, you wear it for a limited amount of hours for a 21 day period. Reducing your waist no more than 2" inches. For example, if your natural waist is 30" when you measure then you would lace down no more than 28". * Please note NOT following the seasoning schedule can damage your corset and listen to your body if you feel the corset is too tight loosen it or take it off. WEEK ONE: MAXIMUM 2 INCH REDUCTION
    DAY 1-3: 2 HOURS DAY 4: 2.5 HOURS DAY 5: 3 HOUR DAY 6: 3.5 HOURS DAY 7: 4 HOURS
    DAY 8-10: 4 HOURS DAY 11: 4.5 HOURS DAY 12: 5 HOURS DAY 13: 5.5 HOURS DAY 14: 6 HOURS
    DAY 15-17: 6 HOURS DAY 18: 6.5 HOURS DAY 19: 7 HOURS DAY 20: 7.5 HOURS DAY 21: 8 HOURS
    • What are the physical benefits of wearing a corset?
    Corsets help control back pain and correct posture, to help those with past injuries (e.g. car accidents, vertebral fractures, slipped discs), to neurological disorders (e.g. tics, ataxia) and wear and tear injuries (e.g. osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease) and autoimmune disorders (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia). *Corsets may prevent scoliosis patients from worsening of their curvature once they no longer have a brace, or they may be used to prevent back pain from the curve. Some experienced corsetieres have even designed corrective corsets that may help to reduce the curve over time. *By extension, correct posture also helps prevent other skeletal issues. One viewer has experienced relief from her plantar fasciitis while wearing a corset because of the redistribution of her weight on her feet. I have experienced considerable pressure taken off my knees since wearing corsets (bad knees run in my family), as corsets have changed the way I sit and stand, and encourage me to keep my hips level. *Corsets have also been known to reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines, and over time, some wearers have noticed that the corset has stop their headaches completely as proper posture can take tension off the neck and shoulders. Also, by potentially reducing the hyperlordosis in the lumbar spine, a properly-fitting corset can act as an orthopedic traction unit to prevent the spinal cord from being pinched or stretched (thereby preventing or helping to improve nerve problems). *Corsets are used as lumbar support to prevent potential back injuries and give support during work — e.g. during heavy lifting, repeated tasks or long hours on one’s feet, or in front of a computer. This has been known to benefit those working trade careers like plumbing and auto mechanics, those in retail who lift stock or stand for many hours, and those in the medical and nursing fields when having to lift patients, etc. *Those who have hypermobility or connective tissue disorders like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome sometimes experience injury due to weakness and hyperextension in their joints, and they may also experience chronic pain. Wearing a corset has helped some of these people by bracing the torso and preventing spontaneous movements that could lead to sprains, dislocations or other injuries. *Corsets are sometimes used by singers as a support; they provide resistance against which the diaphragm can push, which may help the singer achieve higher or more powerful notes.*Two women have mentioned that wearing a corset has helped improve their asthma. The upper lungs and bronchi may not be fully open or utilized with very poor posture, and correcting posture using a corset may help to open up the chest, relax the windpipe and allow easier breathing. *asthmatics please consult with your doctor before trying a corset, as not everyone has the same experience. *Corsets can also help to protect the organs during horse-riding or motorcycling, acting like a kidney belt to prevent bruising of the retroperitoneal organs. *Corsets are helpful in minimizing menstrual cramps in women. Many women temporarily relieve their dysmenorrhea by lying in the fetal position, which exerts pressure on the peritoneal organs and somewhat diminishes the painful uterine contractions. Corsets can mimic this position by exerting pressure on these same organs, reducing uterine contractions (and thus cramping) while her posture remains erect. *Corsets can prevent some types of abdominal hernias by exerting external pressure on the abdomen or may act like a girdle to prevent pre-existing hernias from worsening while the wearer waits for surgical repair. *NB: this may only help specific types of abdominal hernias, and results may vary – misuse of the corset may result in worse hernias in the case of hiatal/inguinal/femoral hernias. Always consult a doctor before trying a corset for any reason.*If extensive injury to the abdominal wall has already occurred (from automotive accidents, surgeries or procedures like colostomies, etc.) and the muscles are unable to heal properly, corsets may provide a source of protection and can help increase the intra-abdominal pressure to prevent the muscles from collapsing. *Corsets can sometimes help to correct diastasis recti, the separation of the abdominal muscles that some experience during their last term of pregnancy, if the corset is used post-partum to hold the muscles together and prevent them from separating further while they heal together again. *again, please check with your OB/GYN to see if compression wear is appropriate for you after childbirth. *For those who have ligament disorders that may affect the position of the stomach and liver, a well-fitting corset can lift up and support these organs and prevent “floating” or dropped liver (hepaptosis). *Corsets may be used as a weight loss aid – they act as an external gastric band and do not allow much expansion of the stomach, thus helping to control appetite and reduce food portions. Wearing a corset can also help the wearer to see themselves as a smaller person, ‘planting the seed’ of belief in their minds that weight loss is achievable and acting as a strong motivation for these wearers to improve their nutrition and fitness regimen. *Corsets give some women an hourglass shape that they may never be able to achieve naturally (through diet and exercise). Medications like steroids, or conditions like thyroid abnormalities or PCOS can make weight loss nearly impossible for some. On the other end of the spectrum, some patients with hyperthyroidism, pituitary issues, extremely fast metabolisms, or muscle wasting conditions may find it difficult or impossible to put on weight. However, the use of corsets can make it possible for women in both these situations to temporarily experience more of an hourglass shape even if their current gene expression or health situation dictates otherwise.*Corsets can change a wearer’s figure semi-permanently through changes in muscle and fat pad morphology. Many athletic women use corsets to make their waists smaller. Female body builders have used corsets to reduce the size of their waists so they will have a more competitive edge in fitness competitions. Ex-professional swimmers have also used corsets after their careers to help reverse the effect of the “Swimmers’ barrel chest” and give them back the smaller ribcage they had before swimming. *Corsets are used to reshape and feminize the figures of trans women or gender fluid individuals: often making the ribcage narrower, raising the apparent height of the waistline, and making the hips look fuller in contrast. These changes may help with any dysphoria they may experience by creating a figure they may consider more desirable or more easily identify with. *Corsets are also worn by men who need back support – a custom fit piece can help them keep a masculine physique, so they don’t have to be concerned about inadvertently creating any feminizing effects.*In those who have slow bowels/ constipation issues, the pressure of wearing a corset can sometimes stimulate the intestines and may allow a brief increase in peristalsis immediately after taking off the corset, making it easier to have a bowel movement. In those who have issues with diarrhea or fast bowels, wearing a corset snugly can sometimes slow down peristalsis, possibly lengthening the time between bowel movements. *this doesn’t work the same way for everyone – if you already experience abdominal pain, bloating or irregularity, ask your doctor before you’d like to try corseting. By Lucy Corsetry