Will I be able to breathe in my corset?
You will definitely be able to breathe in your corset!
The most common reason some people claim that they have difficulty breathing in a corset is because they are unaccustomed to having a limited range of motion from their diaphragm.
When you are not wearing a corset, you can take in as full or shallow a breath as you like and your diaphragm is free to descend and ascend as it pleases. When you put a corset on, your middle gets cinched, things become more condensed, if you will, and as such your diaphragm now has less space to ascend and descend but this does not limit your lung capacity! So in short, people will say things like "I can't breathe in my corset!" when really they are not accustomed to the new sensation.
Another issue that can add to one's belief that they are having difficulty breathing is anxiety. For example, there are many things that will feel new to you when you lace yourself up for the first time such as standing, sitting, reclining, driving, etc. As such, it can feel a bit frustrating and this can add to one's stress level. Increased stress affects one's breathing.
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My advice is to listen to your body and before you let yourself get frustrated or stressed in your corset, go ahead and loosen your laces until you feel comfortable again. Loosening your laces will not derail your waist training efforts. On the contrary, if you let your body gradually acclimatize itself to being in a corset (whether by loosening your laces or taking a whole day off from your corset) you will be more likely to stick with it and reach your goals.
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