WAIST TRAINER CORSET MAKING A COMEBACK
By: Philile Radebe
Having an hour-glass waist is many women’s dream. A waist trainer is the new best friend for women who have been wearing four spanks in order to maintain a sexy figure.
Waist trainers are not new.
They have been around since the times of Queen Elizabeth.
Recently, they have become popular with most celebrities showing interest on them.
The corset is made up of latex and it varies in different colours such as black, pink and blue.
It compresses the tummy hard to produce the hourglass figure.
Dakalo Nekhavamba, who sells the product, said that it can been worn during any time of the day but not more than eight hours. She said that it can be worn during workout sessions but
one important thing is that you cannot sleep with it.
Nolwazi Hlongwa has been on the waist trainer for three months now, and said that she wanted to have a sexy figure.
“I saw the waist trainer on Instagram. I was hooked and it has been three months now, my tummy is more flatter. At the beginning it was very uncomfortable to wear it; I felt bloated
and couldn’t easily breathe.
I’m planning to use it until I get my ideal waist shape,” said Hlongwa.
Even though waist trainers have made a comeback, in the ancient times African women used to wear a belt called Isibhamba to tuck in their tummies after giving birth. Isibhamba was
made up of animal skin or grass.
Noxolo Makhathini, has used Isibhamba before and said that it didn’t help her as she had expected.
“After it didn’t work, I switched to a waist trainer. It’s been a month now and the difference in my tummy is amazing. I am in a right shape, I feel sexy and more confident,” she said.
She also added that the waist trainer has its own disadvantages that she discovered; like being unable to breathe properly, feeling bloated and having a heartburn.
Some doctors have criticised the waist trainer saying that it is not good for women to compress their womb so hard because their organs are slippery and can easily shift.
DR Pratish Panday, a general practitioner who has a surgery on Smith Street, said that with waist training the upper organs move upwards, and the lower organs shift downwards.
This can then put a similar pressure on the abdomen which has been known to cause constipation.
A shift in the pressure on your internal organs means you will be less tolerant of certain foods, including gas producing and fatty foods, and some individuals might find that normal
portion sizes are too much.
All of this can also increase the chances of heartburn as your stomach shifts up beyond your diaphragm causing acid reflux.
Corset training has the potential to cause a weakening of the back and abdominal muscles, as you are not relying on using these muscles for posture when wearing the corset.