Something I have learned while working at Orchard Corset is that people use corsets for different reasons; waist training, posture, back support, fashion and the like. Heck, I like to slap on a corset when I am struggling with back pain or find myself slouching in front of my computer. We had a customer reach out to us a couple months and I learned about how much her corset has been helping her.
I would like to state that I am not a doctor and that what I am about to talk about might not be true for everyone. What worked for Jessica may not work for everyone and that’s okay, right? It is Jessica’s hope that her experience can help someone else who can relate to her and her situation.
I was a little apprehensive that maybe the corset I had ordered was an impulse buy that would wind up in a drawer somewhere, but then it arrived. When I first tried it on, I fell in love with the feeling of wearing it and instantly knew that wearing a corset was going to be a long-term practice for me.I’m on the autism spectrum, which is something I never thought would relate to corsets, but I began noticing that rather than wearing a corset feeling like a regimen, I was just really enjoying wearing it. As soon as I broke it in, I began sleeping in it overnight, and when staying away from home one night, realized that I slept better with my corset than without it, after only sleeping in it for a few weeks. When I was little, I had always preferred “squeezy” clothing and that had been one of the first indications that I was on the autism spectrum. So naturally, I began to wonder if there was any correlation between how calm my corset made me feel and my being on the spectrum. I remembered something I had read about Temple Grandin’s studies on how compression can effect people who are on the autism spectrum and people with attention deficit disorder.So I did some research! Corsets create a “deep pressure” that results in a lowered heart rate, promotes focus and creates a strong sense of security. The sensation produced by corsets correspond exactly with the same sensations created by weighted blankets and compression vests, tools many people with autism find calming. And that’s not just for people with autism, ADHD, or generalized anxiety disorders. On most people, a sensation of steady compression has a relaxing effect the body, lowering heart rate and soothing anxiety.For me personally, my autism comes with sensory issues that often makes unexpected physical contact really uncomfortable. Unfortunately being uncomfortable with unexpected touch often leads friends and family to believe you’re uncomfortable with all touch. Not being comfortable with physical touch=no hugs. This hug deprivation doesn’t sound like a big deal, and it didn’t seem like a big deal. Until I started wearing a corset and I realized I could feel like I was receiving a hug all day every day. Having control over the amount of pressure and how long that pressure lasts has allowed me to enjoy a sensation that normally is, at best, uncomfortable.Corseting has lead me on a round-about loop of discovery which helped me explore an aspect of myself that I was unfamiliar with, not to mention the unintentional waist training. -My natural waist lost 2 inches!- Wearing it helps keep me grounded, centered, and comforted which has been absolutely fantastic in helping me get to sleep, which is something I used to struggle with. I just wish I had known sooner what a corset could do for people on the autism spectrum.