A lot of talk surrounds waist training, about the benefits of the practice and the risks that it presents to the human body. Many of the people who argue for or against are mostly first-time users, or persons who have never worn a training corset in their life!
Waist training is a safe practice as long as you don’t overdo do it, and use some safety precautions as you use it. In this article, we will look at what waist training was like before, how it is now, and why it isn’t something to be so afraid of.
How Did It All Start?
- Waist cinching was a popular fashion statement as far back as the 1500s.
- In the 1800s, wearing corsets was the norm among American and European women, and it was in that era that some modifications were made to the corset, such as the addition of steel rods (what we call steel-boning) and eyelets for the laces.
- The latter addition made tight lacing feasible, and that was when what we call ‘waist training’ was officially born.
- However, wearing corsets dropped out of fashion into the 1900s, becoming part of costumes or used only in certain circles.
- The steam punk movement in the 2000s brought corset wearing back into the limelight, and with celebrity endorsements of the latex variety, wearing corsets is now a popular fad again.
How Is Waist Training Now?
Waist training, in the true sense of the word, refers to the continuous use of a corset, tightening it as it gets looser, to pull in the floating ribs (which are the lower two ribs and flexible), and reorder the internal organs so as to produce a tiny waist.
Now, we have two main types of garments used for the purpose of waist training: corsets and waist cinchers.
- Corsets are very strong garments made of cotton, leather, or satin, and reinforced with steel-bones.
- Corsets can instantly take off inches from your midsection once you wear them, giving you the appearance of a smaller waist.
- Corsets are tightened with laces at the back, which gives them the ability to reshape your midsection over a long period of time.
- Waist cinchers are the more popular type of waist slimming garments that you find around. These are the ones used by celebrities, and they made of latex and/or nylon and spandex, with some including plastic-boning for more rigidity
- Waist cinchers are used for exercising, and can give you a trimmer waistline, but they can’t work as aggressively as corsets to give you an hourglass figure.
How Safe Is Waist Training?
Waist training is a very safe and effective practice, as long as you do it following certain rules and a high level of sanity.
- Extreme waist training is harmful. In fact, any training that is deem extreme and excessive are harmful.
- Waist training that causing you pain is harmful.
- Of course your internal organs will be rearranged: pregnancy does the same thing.
That being said, there haven’t been any negative effects reported about waist training, and not even in long term use.
Waist training is safe as long as you understand that it is a gradual process that takes time, consistency, and a healthy lifestyle to boot.