Benign Essential Blepharospasm

Benign essential blepharospasm is a condition characterized by abnormal blinking or spasms of the eyelids. Initial results obtained through the use of Dr. Farias' training in blepharospasm has proven very hopeful.

The intervention included a motion analysis as a baseline. Regarding the deficits and natural movements of the person's bodies, specific exercises utilizing movements and mental imaginery were created for individual patients. Those exercises induced neuroplastic change that allowed gradual motor control recovery.

Following our training protocol, it is possible to obtain greater improvements in coordination in a shorter period of time.


"All I can say is WOW! The blepharospasm workshop with Dr. Farias was incredible and so helpful.
I have suffered with blepharospasm for 4 years and this was the first time I've encountered someone who completely understands every aspect of dystonia - the physical, emotional, psychological, and social elements.
Dr. Farias is a genius. He was knowledgable, compassionate, funny, and inspirational. I felt like he completely understood me without even really knowing me - he just gets it!
He helped me to put the pieces together of what contributed to this condition developing and how to deal with it. I now have many exercises to work on and other lifestyle changes to make. I feel empowered now that I have tangible things to work on that were personalized for what my body needs.
It was also so helpful to spend time with the 5 other participants in the workshop. I had never met anyone with blepharospasm in person before and it was comforting to share our experiences and know that we are not alone. I appreciated my husband being invited to attend as well. He found it extremely interesting and is excited to help me at home.
I plan to faithfully work on the exercises every day and keep a positive attitude. I am hopeful for the first time that I can work to improve this condition.
Thank you, Dr. Farias!"
Sondra Payne
Blepharospasm workshop January 2016. Toronto

When I was diagnosed with Blepharospasm in late January 2012, It became quite clear that Botox was not the treatment for me. 
In April a womenposted about a Doctor Fariason the BEB bulletin board, who has help many people with dystonia and was about to begin research on Blepharospasm.  I found Dr. Farias's web site, Iread his two books, 'Intertwined' and 'Rebellion of the Body'.  I was convinced that Dr. Farias could help me.

I sent a e-mail asking for a appointment . By June 13, I had my first session with Dr. Farias.

Dr. Farias has the unique ability to see into ones soul, where dystonia begins. Dr. Farias explained that rehabilitation is a process of gently peeling back layers to find your cause, only then can stabilization begin.
This past year has had it's ups and downs but I always knew that Dr. Farias was just a e-mail away. Always responding with a brilliancy of being able to diagnose and give me sound advise on why I was fluctuating and then educating and enlighteningme on how to move forward again.

With the type of dystonia I have, there will be many fluctuations. I know that now, because I was so gently taught this and that stabilization will become the norm. I know , with Dr. Farias's genius approachto Dystonia that this goal is attainable. 
I am, and will forever be grateful to Dr. Farias, who with his calming and patient guidance has helped me find my way to recovery." 

Michelle Tricano

"A diagnosis of blepharospasm felt like a life sentence with no chance of parole. 
After participating in the workshop with Dr. Farias, I have a much better understanding of my condition but more importantly, a new sense of hope. 
I went in looking for someone to make me better and found someone who taught me that I can make myself better. 
Anyone suffering from dystonia must meet Dr. Farias - he is amazing!"
Bessie Bretanos
Toronto Blepharospasm worshop. Januay 2016

"I really enjoyed the workshop and found it very usefu, so many tips .....and it helped me to understand more deeply this condition i have that regular medicine does not have any understanding about.

Joaquin was able to help us understand so much more and I found that very interesting, thrilling and reassuring.

I feel much more finely tuned in with how my body feels and what I feel and have got now many tools to help relax the spasms in the face.

Also I feel now I can discover more and more ways how to relax the muscles.

I am looking forward to practice and discover more ways to relax the face and body.

I am very thankful for the workshop and happy that i decided to come.

Many thanks to Joaquin, this really helps me to be more comfortable in my body and make my life more enjoyable!           

With gratitude and love" 




Blepharospasm workshop Toronto April 2016


"I thankfully found Dr Farias mentioned on the Wikipedia page for blepharospasm. I hadbecome symptomatic and was desperate for some help. My father, his twin brother and their mother all had forms of Dystonia and I had seen the toll it had taken on their lives. Furthermore, although I was in the early stage of the disease my neurologist explained that there was little she could do for me once my symptoms became pronounced short of Botox. If things progressed extensively we discussed brain surgery although that had clear drawbacks. I visited Dr Farias' website, contacted him and was at a seminar in Toronto within months. I cannot express how hopeful I feel after the visit. Dr Farias provided a thoughtful, safe, and enlightening environment where each member of our small group could benefit. He is brilliant and his bedside manner is wonderful. His credentials are impeccable and I'm hopeful that thousands of other Dystonia patients have a chance to benefit from his practical ideas and exercises. The Doctor clearly has a track record of unparalleled success with all matter of Dystonic conditions. His teaching and methods have the proven potential to restore a normal life to those who have a potentially insidious disease."

Doug Patt, AIA


Blepharospasm workshop September 2017