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"Cupping" in Iowa

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The US men's freestyle relay team is bringing back the win! Michael Phelps winning his 19th gold medal, but more people are focused on black and blue rather than gold today.

What are those round marks on his shoulder? No, Phelps didn't sleep on all of his medals and you don't need to go to Rio for the answer.

Karen Homann does cupping at Black Hawk Healing Arts in Hudson.

She says, "I swear by it and I use it on my clients whenever they come out, especially when I feel knots in their back."

How does it work? Cups are placed on sore parts of the body and pressure is applied, which pulls the skin. It stimulates muscles and blood flow, which also leaves behind quite the mark.

"People always think I bruise them but then I explain that it's a "cupping kiss" and the more red... the better," she says.

Karen says Olympic Gold Medalist or not, anyone with pain can do it.

The marks usually last for a few days.

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