Hey, I have a HUGE bruise on my left hip too!!
I secretly love it though, they're battle scars!
My shoulders, the backs of my hands, my left hipbone...all purple! I was going to take today to give them a break but it was just so nice out. After the first day I actually hooped for 2+ hours, my groin muscles were KILLING me the next day, I think just from all of the baaaack-and-forth movements. Stretching after a hot bath always works for me. The bruises however...
I'm thinking if a body part of mine ever gets really sore, I'll just rest it and practice moves that use only other body parts for a day or two.
Bruises don't bother me, I bruise REALLY easily. So much so that in the summer when clothing is sparse my friends and family all wonder if I'm getting abused. :_; I don't know why it happens.
Since then^^ i've had no trouble with sore muscles though. I must have been doing it wrong the first day.
I think I'll invest in some arnica cream, I'm too impatient for my body.
Haha, you shouldve seen my body the first 2-3 weeks :D bruises everywhere!!! Even on my hand! It sure was painful, but I just kept going (of course with little breaks like a day or two) and after a while I couldnt feel it anymore... and then it was all fine :) So dont worry and just listen to your body! If it tells you that its too much, just stop and wait until it tells you that its fine again... :)