For a while I decided to try and have long hair instead of short, as I always had before. But since my hair is very thin, it takes some effort and special care to make it grow longer. Because of this, and after several months taking that special care, I finally got the pleasure to have long hair.
Now, since by having Fibromyalgia Syndrome makes me have lots of pain in my legs, together with stiffness that reduces my mobility, when I saw a brochure about “flotation tanks” for relaxation and pain relief (among another 3,000 benefits), I decided to give them a try and see by myself if they would be of any help.
This flotation tanks (which I did not know they even existed) are basically an oversized metal coffin that contain very salty water (special salts), so you can very easily float almost to the surface of the water. They claim by floating inside this tanks in complete darkness can give you the feeling of floating in space, which suppose to give you complete calmness and relaxation; and by not having to use any muscles in your body, plus the healing powers of the special salts used in the water, your body pain can be reduced greatly, if not eliminated, at least for a while.
Sounded like too much, but since many times the pain in my body and especially in my legs is also too much, I decided to give them a try; after all, I was just risking 60 dollars for the 90 minutes session…not bad!
The thing is, I went, I tried the 90 minutes, and then went home with a lot less pain in my legs, and almost no stiffness, so could walk normally again after a year of having the syndrome. I was feeling great and very happy of having found a possible relief to the continuous pain and stiffness in my legs!!
While at the tank, the feeling of floating in complete darkness and silence didn’t feel much like being in space (although I have to admit I have never been in space), but rather more like an amusement park where you get the chance to experience “space” for a couple of dollars, and in which you go through the ride with a smile rather than a dropped jaw.
It was cool though!!
The problem was that, after about 30 minutes, when I got home, my hair was white and dry like hay!!! I looked at myself in the mirror with complete disbelief when watching the image of a man 10 years older than me!! Then a quick mind checklist of all the possible causes for that, and could only conclude it must have been the “special” salts in the tank.
A quick reading again of the brochure confirmed that I didn’t miss anything when reading it the first time; it simply there was no warning that the salts in the water might damage certain types of hair.
So the only thing left for me was simply to get a hair cut and forget about long hair, which I’m still not very happy about!
But thinking in my most positive way, I assumed the owners of the floatation tank place didn’t know this could happen to some people, so decided to give them a visit and show them my hair and suggest them to add in the brochures a warning of this possibility to some people, so they could prevent customers from getting their hair destroyed, and to themselves avoid the possibility of being sued.
When I went to the place, there were four young guys with big smiles in their faces while completing and signing the waiver, to then have fun in the tanks. I explained the situation to the lady at the desk, but instead of she getting a sense of urgency on adapting the brochures to prevent customers from having a bad experience, she limited herself to say I signed a waiver (telling me with that I shouldn’t complain, which I was not), and in any possibility the waiver should protect them from any law suit!!
In no moment she demonstrated any care about customer satisfaction, not even when I told her she had nice long hair, how would she feel if something like that happened to her.
So I finished telling her I was just trying to avoid other customers the bad experience, and to them the possibility of being sued, since even with a signed waiver, by not warning people about the possible risks on the tanks they were doing misleading publicity.
I walked away from the place knowing that I will never go back, and wondering if the four young guys there, who fell completely silent while the lady at the desk and I had our conversation, would really enjoy the experience after that.
Oh well, I guess no more French writer look (or locomotive machinist) for me!! LOL