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'Cupping' not just for Olympic athletes

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The circular tell-tale marks of cupping therapy grace the back of Olympian Michael Phelps, and now, the therapy that has been around thousands of years is in the spotlight.

Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow also add to cupping's celebrity exposure.

The therapy that helps toxins rise to the skins surface, is more common in eastern than western medicine, but is gaining in popularity -- including here on the Suncoast.

Sarasota Certified Massage Cupping Educator, Stacie Nevelus, said she leaves the cups on only two to three minutes, which is a modernized version of the therapy.

"If you leave it on longer, you are crossing over into Chinese medicine and you would definitely want to know how to use that modality," said Nevelus.

The experience, she adds, helps a variety of people and should not cause pain, but leaves you feeling better almost immediately following treatment.

The marks are not bruises. Nevelus refers to them as hickeys, and said they disappear in a couple of days.