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.
"My experience with Dr. Farias was out of this world and I can not express my appreciation and gratitude adequately with words. His kindness, patience, compassion, attention to details are extraordinary and quite impressive. I humorously called him a magician as he was able to correct my posture every day in less than an hour."
Dr. Ehsan Shahmir M.D.
"Words are not enough to express how happy I am.What you have done has given me my life back.
I am still in shock. The four days spent with you have been so incredible. A week prior I was a breathing vegetable.In such pain that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I couldn’t sleep, barely walk, drive.. Zero motivation and lost all interest that was meaningful in my life.I am very pleased to say that I am completely transformed. I start the day appreciating every minute. I can enjoy my walks, even in the rain.So many people have noticed this change in me.
Being able to look at both sides of the outdoors, stopping to talk with people with my head and neck straight is a experience that I truly will never take for granted. Eight years ago, everything was taken away from me, my job, the experience of being a Dad. My Wife, not being able to fully enjoy our lives. I was so out going then. Now I have hope and look at the future differently. I can’t believe that stretching and a positive attitude can make such a drastic difference in my recovery of dystonia. My Mother was in tears. She was so happy to see me up, straight, head side to side with no effort. After your session I have been without pain medication.Unbelievable. I was out throwing the football with my son and his friend and it felt great. My wife Julie is so onboard with my recovery process, helping me with my stretches and is so happy to see me getting better, back to the person she lost eight years ago. My family is calling this a miracle.
I think you are a miracle and I will be eternally grateful for having the opportunity to spend those four days with you. I know I have a ways to go but I always had to win,and I will win this battle with dystonia.
Your sessions were extremely enjoyable. You would speak in a way that made me want to hear more. Everything you said made sense. Proven results through your exercises. I wish I could take you home.Your knowledge on Dystonia, the body and brain was so addictive. I really enjoyed the time spent with you,
I will never forget you Dr. Farias. I will touch base again with you in six months to let you see what your gift has given me.
Joey Salvador, Canada
Cervical Dystonia workshop May 2016
"I attended the Cervical Dystonia workshop in June of 2017 and wanted to immediately come home and write my testimonial. Instead, I decided to wait six months. The workshop was a very enlightening and powerful four days. To be immersed in a room with other individuals who share the same physical and emotional pain of dystonia was humbling and amazing. Most of the questions I had brought with me were answered without having to ask. When we did ask, each question had a clear, thoughtful explanation. We were treated with respect and compassion. We were heard and we were understood. On the first day as Dr. Farias was discussing symptoms that none of my doctors had ever mentioned before, IE- gastrointestinal issues, yawning, etc.. Inside my head I was shouting “FINALLY! This is me! He gets it, he gets it all!”
On that first day I knew that I had made a great decision to come to this workshop and was so excited.
Dr. Farias handled the group with grace, humor and control. In four days, I watched other members of the group gain confidence and mobility. I watched them transform physically and emotionally. I was elated to see the progress the other members of the group were making. We inspired one another and shared our hopes and fears. We laughed and we cried. It was truly a remarkable experience.
After six months, the therapies and exercises he provided have made me feel empowered and hopeful that I can possibly have a normal life again. I also get Botox injections to help me relax the dystonic muscles so that I can perform these exercises. It is a lot of hard work and it is progressively paying off. I still have bad days and pain. I now understand that it is part of the healing process and know how to get through those days without as much anxiety and fear. I am smiling more. I have been moving physically in ways that I hadn’t been able to in years. I danced in front of my husband and he was moved to tears. I am able to drive a car and get out of the house after being home bound and in debilitating pain for almost three years. I am able to spend quality time with my children and husband which is the greatest gift I could ever ask for.
Thank you for your dedication and hard work Dr. Farias. I am so incredibly grateful."
Tris Ann Gaydos
"I have had severe toricollis for forty years. I visited Dr. Farias in May 2016 in Canada. The exercises he assigned are extremely specific to my needs. After devoting only five days to the exercises, I found my youthful, slender neck! Everyday the exercises are easier, I am able to stretch farther in the correct direction with no crunching sounds in the joint, and there is daily visible improvement in my posture. With these results I am more eager to do the exercises than do anything. If you have dystonia Dr. Farias is the doctor who can help you! I am so very thankful for my answered prayer after 40 years of searching!"
Eleanor King USA
"I am so thankful for having found Dr. Farias, and for having the opportunity to attend his Cervical Dystonia Workshop. The workshop helped me to understand the many symptoms associated with Dystonia and how to manage them. Dr. Farias is spot on when it comes to understanding this disorder which came as a great comfort to me during a time when many doctors had no answers. His books, videos, and workshops are highly recommended, and I am happy to say I am almost symptom free!!"
Cervical Dystonia workshop February 2017
"Dr. Farias is a gentle and patient teacher. I found his demeanor comforting as I was challenged to reprogram my brain and body. I highly recommend his training to any and all who I connect with regarding Dystonia. My hope is that he will teach other practitioners so that his methods can reach more people. Sincerely,"
St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Toronto Cervical Group Workshop
"I was very happy to be able to attend sessions with Dr. Farias. He has a wealth of knowledge about dystonia and I like his approach -- he is very pleasant, with a down to earth approach that made me feel comfortable. I learned so much about my dystonia and these sessions are by far the best thing I have done. I feel that I now have a "blueprint" that I can use to plan going forward, and that gives me hope that I will get my life back if I do what needs to be done. Thank you Dr. Farias for doing what you do!"
Lise Renaud. Canada
"I was apprehensive when I started the workshop, not knowing quite what to expect. I needn't have had any concerns - the workshops were very relaxed and friendly and the knowledge that I came away with has given me a greater feeling of empowerment. Joaquin has a great depth of knowledge, which he shared throughout the workshops and it was both extremely interesting and actually great fun."
Ursula, London Cervical Group Workshop
"I recently attended a 4 day session with Dr Farias and gained a great deal of insight into my condition.
The knowledge, care and information provided was far beyond anything I have received during the last 15 years of searching for answers and treatment.
I left the session armed with more knowledge of what’s happening with my condition and what I can do to affect change.
Thank you Dr Farias"
" A year ago I got my dystonia diagnose (torticollis) after several complaints from the eyes to the neck to the calfs... I received the first botox injections and a very general, useless explanation about this "disorder". Symptoms got worse day by day, I lost my trust in the neurologist and in life, because I couldn't understand what was happening to me.
"I searched another neurologists who gave me a bit more information, medicines (which I do not like to take) and a better botox injection plan. But I still wasn't happy with the state I was in.
Searching the internet from Belgium to Holland, to South-Korea, New Mexico and eventually Toronto I came in contact with Joaquin Farias and his lovely wife Carmen.
We had some very clear Email-conversations and luckily I could join the workshop in Cambridge UK.
The week before this workshop took place I had doubts to go there, but I'm very thankful to my wife that she forced me to. About these 4 days I can only be very positive. I always had so many questions about dystonia, the standard answers from the neurologists I've seen were: "try to live with it, get Botox every 3 months, take your meds and even consider DBS!"Never some serious answers, I even got more questions after seeing them. BUT after 4 days with Joaquin I had more answers than in 1 year, and that's the reason why I am convinced to do the Fariastechnique exercises every day!
It was also very nice to meet someone who gave me the feeling to understand me and that I don't feel stupid when I ask somethings.
The workshop was not a doctors consult, but a very human and understanding dialog.
Joaquin Farias is the first person I met who is able to give answers to every dystonia-related question.
Even if I will not be cured, I will try to control the dystonia by doing my neuroplastic exercises day by day.
The fact that a part of our fee will be spent to less fortunate patients fits completely in my way of life!"
Cambridge, U.K. workshop for cervical dystonia 2016
"I have been thinking about the workshop and how valuable it has been for me. Reflecting on before/after the workshop I am now in a much more positive frame of mind about my dystonia. Dr Farias led the workshop in a very safe and caring yet practical manner. He delivered complex information in easy to understand terms — we learned about aspects of dystonia, and what could have led us to this state of being, and through demonstrations and practical exercises we learned what is happening in our bodies (nervous system, eyes, neck, spine etc). This led up to an individual approach, and a ‘charge’ that it is up to each of us to sustain the effort towards a healthier state of being. It no longer feels like I’m ‘broken’, rather I have now have the information and tools to help me ‘defrost’ from the dystonic state.
Thank you Dr Farias!! "
Toronto, Cervical Dystonia workshop 2017
"I took the cervical dystonia workshop last month. It is one of the rightest decisions I have ever made. Before the workshop, I read two of Dr. Farias' books and was impressed by his deep understanding and strong research of dystonia. The workshop provided more specific analysis about cervical dystonia and individual conditions. It is so inspiring. Dr. Farias is so humorous and the other people I met in the workshop are so nice and friendly.
Being with dystonia for 14 years, I got lots of questions about my body and mind which no one can provide the full answers to. Dr. Farias' explanations answered my questions in a way that I heard a voice in my mind saying "That's why!" "That's it!" "That's the reason" and "That's the solution!". The workshop rebuilt my faith that by understanding what's happening, knowing how to deal with it and exercising in the right method everyday, I can recover from dystonia. It's just a matter of time.
Thank you so much, Dr. Farias. Your findings are among the greatest truths and your works are life changing.
Also thanks a lot for your work, Carmen."
Toronto Cervical Dystonia workshop 2017
"I went to Dr. Farias' workshop on cervical dystonia with no expectations. I have tried a wealth of alternative therapies that never helped me. Dr. Farias has so much knowledge about dystonia, and I felt he spoke to the issues I am dealing with that prevented me from moving forward with my recovery. Dr. Farias is a humble man who brings lots of humor into the workshop, as well as empowers each participant. I was surprised and delighted by how much individual attention he gives and how he gave adaptations of exercises based on people's need. I have been home for one week, and I am making progress!!
Toronto Cervical Dystonia workshop 2017
"Dr Farias really understands dystonia and is quick to identify the center of the problem in each person.
I attended his workshop for cervical dystonia, and found it very helpful and interesting in many ways. Among other things, the workshop helped me to realize the types of thoughts and emotional patterns that I tend to fall into that are part of the whole picture of the symptoms of dystonia, and of course, I got tools to change the patterns.
For a person with dystonia, this workshops are invaluable."
"I have had dystonia for approximately 25 years and I have tried many different treatments/therapies over the years, none of which have helped with the condition.
I am a strong advocate for alternative therapy / functional medicine and so when I came across the Farias Technique, initially through Wikipedia, I was immediately intrigued to find out more as it seemed to be a natural therapy, without the use of drugs/medicines.
I am now so happy that I did the initial research and contacted Doctor Farias about the training he offered and I have just returned from attending a workshop with him in Porto, Portugal, in early July. The workshop ran over four days and I can honestly say that it has been the best course I have ever attended in that the exercises and the training Doctor Farias provides (all natural and totally drug free) has changed my total outlook on the condition and he has given me real enthusiasm and determination that my symptoms will improve. The exercises he taught us during the workshop are simple to use but make complete sense given the neurological research he has carried out over many years.
Doctor Farias approaches the workshop and the condition in such a positive way and with his great sense of humour it helped the attendees relax and really listen to the message and theme he portrayed throughout the four days.
Essentially he has provided the attendees with everything they need to move forward with their rehabilitation. He put the group under no illusion that the work is over; but he has given us very real means to improve our lives in a positive way and with our determination to put in the effort, we can beat this. He has been the springboard to our rehabilitation!
I would wholeheartedly recommend Doctor Farias’s training to anyone with the Dystonia condition and I’m so excited about what the future holds after attending his workshop.
Thank you for everything."
"I am very grateful to have recently had the opportunity to attend Dr. Farias's Cervical Dystonia workshop.
I not only came away with tools to help me recover but he also taught me more about Dystonia and what is happening with the whole body than any Dr. I have ever seen. He genuinely cared about each of us in the workshop and spent time with each individual to provide the exercises for our individual condition (as no Dystonia is the same).
During the workshop I had tears and enjoyed laughs as Dr. Farias has a wonderful sense of humor too. I had an immediate emotional recovery just by attending his workshop and meeting 5 other lovely souls with Dystonia.
Dr. Farias is motivating and encouraging, I left feeling hopeful to have a recovery of my Cervical Dystonia. I've had my Dystonia for at least 5 years and have been using Botox with minimal relief, and am now hopeful on my future thanks to Dr. Farias. "
Cervical Dystonia Workshop May 2018 Toronto