Macon masseuse explains how cupping helps Olympic athletes
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – If you’ve watched the Olympics, you may have noticed dark circles on some of the athletes when they’re competing.
One Macon masseuse explains how “cupping” is helping the athletes perform at their best during the Rio Olympics.
Deidra Harris has been a massage therapist for years — her last two at Kay-Lynn Massage and Bodywork Studio on Ingleside Avenue.
“Any kind of massage, in my opinion, is kind of like a healthy diet,” she said.
Harris and her twin sister own the studio, and offer different types of massages including cupping.
Olympic athletes including Michael Phelps are using the massage – that creates suction on various places on the person’s back and arms – to gain an advantage when they compete.
“When you see it on someone who is athletic, as the Olympians are, what they’re using it for is to break up any kind of adhesion in the tissue, to alleviate sore muscles, to help the muscles actually rejuvenate faster,” Harris said.
A rejuvenation that’s helped Phelps and other athletes win gold.
And about those “bruises”….
“They’re actually not bruises. The best comparable thing I have is a hickey. You’re pulling up all of that fluid, all of that blood up to the area and that’s what’s making the mark,” Harris said.
It’s a making a mark in the pool as well.
Harris calls the technique an added boost on the body. She recommends everyone to lie down and enjoy a massage whether you’re an athlete or cheering on your favorite Olympian.
“You would never run your car on a constant basis without getting an oil change. You run your body, constantly, and it’s the only one you have. So you should really consider incorporating this into your healthy lifestyle,” Harris said.
Harris says the circles left behind aren’t painful and go away in a short amount of time.