What does Dr. Farias' Neuroplastic Training consist of?
This neuroplastic movement therapy focused on the parts of the body that have incorrect or undesirable movement, but also on the individual’s holistic movement patterns. The movements are examined to identify the dysfunction that is present at the individual’s brain so that those patterns can be reprogrammed to enable desired movement.
To do this, Neuroplastic Movement Therapy uses a combination of techniques including incremental task conditioning to allow the old patterns to adapt to the new patterns. Strength training and repetitive task performance may also be used to enable the body to effectively teach the brain the desired movement patterns.
Movement Therapy is not painful and actually can be very enjoyable. Some patients use music, dance or other forms of stimulating techniques to ‘relax’ the brain into a state of pleasurable re-learning and neuroplasticity. Some individuals see immediate improvements while others may take weeks, even months before some or all movement is corrected.
Each patient and situation will be different and the therapies used with be unique to the patient’s own condition, preference and lifestyle.
Since 1996, Dr. Farias has been working on providing effective alternative and complementary care for patients affected by dystonia by pioneering new theories on neuroplasticity induced by movement therapy. His treatments leverage the connections between emotions and movement with special attention to the role that rhythm and timing play in coordination.
He considers dystonia to be a temporary lack or loss of accuracy and precision in brain activity. For this reason Dr. Farias’ neuroplastic Movement Therapy aims to retune the brain and restore proper function of cognitive processes, perception and motor functions.
What makes Dr.Farias' Neuroplastic Training different?
Other therapeutic approaches take a long time to see some improvement and are psychologically counterproductive because they reinforce the undesired movements and feed anxiety. They only deal with the symptoms and don't address the root cause.
In Dr. Farias' approach, we try to reduce the recovery process to the shortest length possible. This minimizes frustration, stress and depression that can appear as a result of going a long time without adequate support and guidance.
Using our protocol, it is possible to achieve remarkable improvements in movement and coordination in a surprisingly short period of time and from the first moment of training, as shown in our Videos.
fMRI images have shown that brain activity changes in response to training with Dr.Farias' method, as you can see in fMRIs
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Why should I try Dr. Farias' method before trying other more aggressive therapeutic approaches?
Neuroplastic training is natural, fast and, most importantly, successful.
You may recover more control over your body in 3 days of intense training than using medication, injecting Botulinum Toxin, or doing other exercises for a long period of time.
Unlike other aggressive treatments, in Dr. Farias' method you will not experience any unpleasant or undesired side effects.
For some clients, the first 3 days of immersion were enough to work alone at home successfully in their rehabilitation. In other cases periodic check up sessions were necessary for adjustments to the training routine.
In other cases like cervical or generalized dystonias, the clients can reduce the dose of Botulinum toxin being injected or increase their intervals.
Dr. Farias’ method has made unprecedented complete recuperations possible as well as major improvements in patients affected by musicians dystonia, athletes dystonia, embouchure dystonia, writers' cramp, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, abdominal dystonia, laringeal dystonia, oromandibular dystonia, and ankle dystonia.
Joaquin Farias has been a pioneer in dystonia natural rehabilitation based on reeducation and has created this form of neuroplastic training.
Since 1996 Dr. Farias has helped more than 2000 people to improve and recover from different dystonias. This experience allows him to help you more efficiently, getting the best results in the shortest amount of time.
Where can I receive this training?
Individual intensive seminars are held in Toronto (Canada) all year round.
Throughout the year, special seminars are also organized in Tokyo, London, Amsterdam, Vienna, Oporto, Utrecht, San Sebastian, Taipei, Barcelona, Rome and Milan.
It is also possible to request a seminar in your area. Information about our seminars is posted here.
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You can sign up for our online training program here
What is the difference between the online training and the in-person training at workshops?
The online training and the in-person workshop training are two different learning experiences. The content taught in the two formats is different and both are important and can help you enormously in your recovery process.
The in-person workshops are a way to tailor your training, as you work directly with Dr. Farias on improving your dystonia. During the in-person workshops, Dr. Farias designs the best specific exercises for you to follow when you return home, taking into consideration how affected you are, the kind of dystonia you are dealing with, your age, physicality etc. The in-person training is intense (12 hours of training over 3 days), and may not be the best option for people who are ill or exhausted, have learning disabilities, have mobility issues or cannot travel to attend the venue.
The online training platform contains all the general exercises, the nutrition program for dystonia, the dance program for dystonia, the 'ask your therapist to do this' section, the meditation and relaxation tools, etc. The online training is a collaborative education and training project, where experts worldwide work to provide the best care possible for patients affected by dystonia.
The online platform provides access to a big community of patients who are following Dr. Farias' training, allowing you to interact and learn from people who are more advanced in the recovery journey.
With the online training platform you can learn and train at your own pace and follow long term training routines, while being kept up to date about new exercises and tools that Dr. Farias and his team of collaborators develop.
The online platform is ideal for former clients who attended the in-person training with Dr. Farias to maintain contact, motivate themselves to continue exercising, and learn many new variations of the core training protocols taught at the workshops.
Ideally, people would attend one in-person training and then follow the training online. However, it is also possible to start online, get familiar with the concepts and exercises and then attend the in-person training to optimize your training routines.
For people who cannot travel to attend the in-person training, the online training makes it possible for them to be in contact with Dr. Farias' work. They can start using this wonderful body of knowledge and exercises to improve their quality of life and recover from the dystonias that affect them. The online program has been designed to be complete in itself, and for a percentage of patients it maybe sufficient. Results may depend on how well you are able to train alone, how affected you are, how easy it is for your nervous system to adapt and rewire and your social support network. This in combination with multiple other factors, can determine the results that you can achieve.
What does the individual training consist of?
The seminar is a 4-day course during which each person receives 4 hours of intensive and individual training.
Dystonia is like a complex network of tensions. The instructor guides you and reveals clues to unlock movements, relaxing tensions layer by layer that will induce a plastic change in your brain.
In your sessions with Dr. Farias you will come to understand what is happening to you and how to make improvements from the first movement of training by applying simple movements and coordination exercises.
The key in dystonia rehabilitation is planning. Dr. Farias will tailor your training to your specific needs, focusing on what you need to work on.
Is Dr. Farias' method a medical treatment?
Dr. Farias method is not a medical treatment. However, neurologists worldwide recommend patients to follow our protocols as a complement to their current medical treatment.
It is a form of training that can be complementary to your current medical treatment or can be used as a natural alternative for clients seeking non invasive ways of reducing their dystonic symptoms or improving their quality of life.
It has been shown by research that these training protocols can induce neuroplasticity in the brain, providing relief to several neurological conditions.
In addition, this training has been shown to improve performance for musicians and athletes.
What do people have to say about the training?
"I feel more connected to my body". Michael B.
"I feel more in control over my performance". Claude F.
"It is like awaking from a nightmare". Eva M.
"I feel like my psychological tension has been reduced dramatically"
"I improved much more than I expected in such a short period of time". Akiko W.
How much time do I need to recover using this approach
You can find the complete statistics for the clients who have completed the training in Dr.Farias' new book, Limitless. How your movements can change your brain and Intertwined. How to induce neuroplasticity, which is available at Books
Why does this method take several months while other treatments take years?
Our goal is not to create any new motor skill, but to recall the skills developed in the past. Because of that, the time needed to jog a memory could be several seconds or months depending on the individual.
Dr. Farias has three books about dystonia: Limitless. How your movements can heal your brain, Rebellion of the body and Intertwined. How to induce neuroplasticity, which one should I read first?
We recommend that you first read Limitless. How your movements can heal your brain that explains Dr. Farias theory on dystonia. Reading Intertwined, how to induce neuroplasticity, you can gain knowledge about what neuroplasticity is, how it works, and what the strategies and tools are to promote rehabilitation using Dr. Farias' method. Rebellion of the body is a compilation of analogies that helped clients to understand concepts during rehabilitation. It also includes the crucial guidelines to be followed during self training.
These books are important depending on where you are in the proccess of understanding and overcoming F.D.
Rebellion of the body was written for your right brain, and is intended to produce insight and enlightenment through nurturing imagination and intuition.
Limitless and Intertwined were written for your left brain, and it explain how the proccess of rehabilitation works using case studies, scientific information, fMRIs and statistics.
Where does the money from the book and DVD sales go?
The money goes towards supporting our annual free of charge therapy program for children and adults that cannot afford the training.
Why aren't these instructions published?
The instructions differ according to the context. They are different for different people, tools, instruments and circumstances.