I just love the tight grip of a Victorian-style corset, i.e. the ones that were meant for real tightlacing. The fashionable corsets that are marketed nowadays are not really all that tight - they usually have four inches or less of constriction - but for someone who does not wear one on a daily basis, it can be quite tight.
Tightlacing, with corsets designed to modify the figure (shrink the waist and reshape the ribs, but the hips themselves do not change shape much, unless one starts before the body stops growing), is another matter. It requires a commitment, a self-imposed discipline of the mind and body. It cultivates patience and perseverance, two very good personality traits. Tightlacing is not for the instant-gratification crowd.
Any horror stories involving corsets are most likely just that, stories. No sane person would start by immediately lacing their charge into the tightest corset, to get the desired waist size on the spot (these people should be punished in the same manner). One starts relatively loosely, two to four inches, and slowly work down, day by day, week by week, month by month, until the first corset is laced fully closed every day (this is where patience and perseverance come in). Then one either alters the corset, shrinking it by another few inches, or if the design of the corset prohibits that, get another corset that much smaller, then repeat the process as with the first one. There might be some aches or pains in the first week or two after a new corset is put on (a turnoff for those who absolutely want to avoid pain at all costs), as the body adjusts, but otherwise, the entire process is quite comfortable.
The rate at which the waist shrinks and the other parts are reshaped varies from person to person. Everybody is different, and some people are more compressible than others. The internal organs shift easily, and as long as one doesn't go to excesses, this process is harmless. In fact, pregnant women experience much more organ displacement than the average tightlacer. And one has to stick to it, or all that work is for naught! In any case, once you are used to it, you won't want to stop.
Also, for tightlacing the corset has to exactly fit your body. Off-the-rack corsets will not do! That's why I make my own: less hassle, I see the results on the spot, and I am able to make alterations when I notice that something doesn't fit right. Though I have been tightlacing seriously since January 2006, I made my first corset in 1999. The accumulated years of experience have helped me achieve a design method that suits my body and my goals.
The changes to the body are not limited to shape, but as some have already noticed here, in posture and deportment (for both women and crossdressing men). With a tight corset on, the way one walks is subtly altered, because the tight grip of the corset makes the torso a more rigid part of the "mechanism". The hips are put to contribution in moving the leg forward, with the consequence that the body pivots slightly, then must slightly move downward to set the foot down.
One then seems to walk as if on a tightrope, with gently swinging and pivoting hips. With high heels, the pace is much more dainty, careful, deliberate, that characteristically sensual, feminine gait that can drive men to complete distraction. It is also of great help to crossdressers who seek to make a more convincing presentation.
Finally, a tight corset adds a special touch to bondage, either for pure aesthetics or just to add an extra measure of strictness to the scenario. It can considerably increase the difficulty of movement when tightly bound, as in a hogtie or frogtie. It can also heighten the state of arousal by making one much more aware of one's body than without it. I find that bondage already makes me very aware of my body, but since I have been wearing corsets, that awareness has increased to a wonderful peak. As I squirm and wriggle in my bonds, I feel the pressure of the corset on my skin, complemented by the tight coils of the ropes. The effect on the lower torso of such wriggling is a sort of massage, a kind of stimulating movement that stimulates the internal genital apparatus. In plain and coarser terms, it makes me awfully horny!
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