The weekend was amazing and I had a great time! ... although I did leave the weekend with these very deep bruises on both of my biceps brachii. As spectacular as they looked they were not very painful at all.
Since there were two almost identical bruises I decided to do some experimental work:
Would working on the bruises really help it heal faster than not working on it?
In school we were taught how to help speed up the healing process by "dragging" out the stagnant blood so the lymphatic system could reabsorb it quicker.
I've done work to bruises before but I have never had the chance to compare bruises that received treatment versus no treatment.
I decided to only treat my left bicep brachii and leave my right one to heal on its own.
This is what the bruises looked like on Day 2 with no work done:
I didn't notice any major difference in the healing between the two different sides. I'm right side dominant and use that arm a bit more than the left side so that might have been a factor in the way the right side healed.
Overall I believe that working on bruises does help them dissolve quicker - I can't tell you how much faster than not having any massage done.
I will definitely be doing more "experiments" when the opportunity arises though!