One of the big 'things' to come out of this year's Olympics is the trend of cupping. Even though it's an ancient Chinese practice and has been done for a long time, a lot of people were introduced to it thank to Michael Phelps.

Michael Phelps and other Olympians have been seen with bruises in the shape of circles on their shoulders and backs, leaving many to question what is going on? Well, cupping is going on.

According to Healing Touch Massage's website cupping is described as:

By creating suction and negative pressure, massage cupping is used to drain excess fluids and toxins; stimulate the peripheral nervous system; bring blood flow to stagnant muscles and skin; and loosen adhesions, connective tissue and stubborn knots in soft tissue.

I wanted to understand cupping more so I went straight to the source! I went to Amanda at Healing Touch Massage and this is what happened.

As you can see, I did get pretty red and I was surprised that just in the few minutes after leaving Healing Touch, it was even more red.

Natasha/Hot 104.7

It really didn't hurt though. It wasn't sore the next day either. I got pretty red so I guess I need some loosening up. lol

Thanks again to Healing Touch Massage for helping me out.