Corset training is, by its nature and intended outcome, a “labour of love.” Without commitment, all efforts will fail.
One must remember the three components of successful figure training: Diet, exercise, and the proper selection and use of the garment. The diet component is interpretive: Other than the fact that special attention should be paid to the waist area muscles, any regimen that reduces body fat is satisfactory. It is important to remember that fat exists on the inside of your body, as well as the outside, and hinders the proper transit and relocation of internal organs during tightlacing (It also simply takes up space, and the goal of corset training is to reduce mass). Meals should be small, and consistent with contemporary healthy diet recommendations. Carbohydrates, in moderate quantity, are helpful because they allow the intestines to maintain bulk, thus helping to thwart the possibility of the inner sides sticking together from the corset’s pressure.
Your first corset should be purchased in a size that is four or five inches less than your measured girth; that is, closed.
The key word in garment-size progression is “gradual.” One wants to treat oneself with love, and it takes time for a body to acclimate itself to the strictures of tightlacing. These four inches should be taken in slowly, day by day, or week by week if necessary. Once this has happened, and one is comfortable, the next progression should be to a garment a further four inches smaller–This may take two months or six, depending on the trainee. The older corset should be used for night confinement: One should almost always be corsetted, except for toilette activities. Never be without a corset for more than an hour. If this is impossible, a wide training belt should be purchased–organ and lower rib displacement is the goal and the body reacts well to consistency. However, one must never be uncomfortable, especially when sitting (in a straight-backed chair, of course!).
You must pay special attention to your skin: The wearing of a corset will of, course, deprive healthy skin of proper exposure to air (oxygen). This will tend to dry it or, at times (depending on the wearer) cause chaffing, especially if perspiration is present. Thus, it is important to apply moisturizing oils or lotions to the skin at every possible opportunity, followed by corn starch powder, especially if one has a tendency to perspire excessively.
Care must also be paid in keeping the garment clean, as oil and chemicals will tend to shorten its life.
So far as choice of materials for a corset, one will find that various types fulfill various requirements. For instance, a leather corset will mold easily to the body and breathe, while a latex or hard rubber garment will induce perspiration, which, for some, provides an excellent way to spur on weight loss. However, the average person will find a cotton or coutil garment (perhaps with an overlay of brocade or silk to add spice and sexiness) to be quite satisfactory. The most ideal material, in terms of “breathing” to minimize perspiration, is 100% cotton, with no other backing. One should just keep in mind that most garments, regardless of material, require a “breaking-in” period of several wearings.
Most corsets come with cotton lacings. The stronger (and less bulky) nylon version is recommended.
A well-constructed garment, notably one made for training, will have double-stays (the sprung-metal rods sewn into the corset vertically at regular intervals all round). In addition, a strong cloth “tape,” usually sewn into the interior, should circle the corset horizontally from the lacingstay to the frontbusk (a busk being a much wider stay which anchors the front hook-and-eye closure). This feature strengthens the corset and aids in the prevention of tearing.
The effect of a tightly laced corset is enhanced by the wearing of high-heeled shoes, even while training. These tend to thrust the body forward, providing a visually pleasing balance to the your picture of loveliness.
A tiny waist is a wonder to behold–exotic artistry of the female form; the end-result of such diligent training is highly satisfying. But the pride of knowing that one is capable of the self-discipline to accomplish such a feat is reward unto itself!