On Sunday, Mark and I thought we would treat ourselves to a massage. When we showed up, the picture outside promised relaxation, tranquility, and rejuvenation.
We had to go one at a time, so Mark went first. I went and ate lunch and returned in excitement for my massage. Shortly before she finished, I was invited into the room where Mark was. This was a bit odd, but well, whatever … I followed her in. Mark had these glass cups on his body and I thought, ‘hmm, that’s strange, I wonder what the pink bubble inside the cup is?”. Well, come to find out, shortly thereafter, the pink bubble was Mark’s SKIN! Mark and I had ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what was going on. We found out later, after researching on the internet, that she was practicing a Chinese style of massage, that “creates suction and negative pressure on your body – bringing blood flow to your skin, drains toxins, etc.”
Check it out at this website: http://www.massagecupping.com/
On top of this cupping technique, this woman was brutal. Mark said he felt like he had been in a fight, and lost! Just while I was in the room she had gotten onto the massage table and ‘stretched’ his legs using her whole body. At the time I thought, “well, it is the end of the massage, maybe she has been limbering him up throughout and his body can handle that forceful stretching.” Boy, was I SO WRONG. Mark had endured this hour-long massage out of sheer determination not to yell “UNCLE”! To say the least, I LITERALLY ran out of there after Mark was done, there was NO WAY I was going to get a massage.
The cupping method does draw your blood to the surface … and Mark has MANY bruises to prove it. Below is a picture you will NOT find on the website above. I freaked out when I saw all of the bruises, so please consider yourself warned that what you are about to see is NOT a pretty sight.
So, now you know the story of our ‘Relaxing’ Sunday Afternoon.