Dr. Joaquin Farias

Here is the  testimonial Iwrote for Joaquin Farias at www.focaldystonia.net/.

Dr. Joaquin Farias is highly competent, highly educated and an extremely good listener. Not only clear, logical and open-minded: he was a paradigm of discretion. I immediately felt relaxed in his presence despite knowing that my playing had totally collapsed.

My initial fears that these seminars might be a sophisticated fraud evaporated almost as soon as we had shook hands. Sat, literally one metre apart and face-to-face, Joaquin roughly outlined the three phases of the sessions. First was what Focal Dystonia actually is, its nature and why it occurs. Next was an examination of my own dystonias – “the peeling back of the layers”. Finally, came the rehabilitation techniques.

I was worried that I would forget all Joaquin’s advice and the information he would give me over the eight hours. I asked if I could take notes or otherwise record the sessions. Joaquin assured me that there would be no need. As we explored, the ideas and concepts became so shockingly obvious (20:20 hindsight is a wonderful thing) that I know that I should have been able to figure it all out for my self, yet I could not. Another reason there was no need to record was that Joaquin did not teach. We explored my dystonias. These dystonias became tactile objects, a part of my make up, and thereby unforgettable once recognised.

During the sessions, Joaquin helped me see that every Focal Dystonia is different. They are developed by different people in different ways and developed in response to different stimuli and ideas. No two dystonias are the same and no one method to find a solution. But, the very mental plasticity that helped me to develop my own dystonias is the same plasticity that will now help me re-educate myself.

In a nutshell, I can honestly say that I learned more about playing music in eight hours with Joaquin than I have in more than thirty years of playing. What had become a nightmare has once again become a source of extreme pleasure. And despite the hours and days, weeks and months of practice ahead, thank you Dr. Farias.

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  1. Carrie Jakab
    Posted December 17, 2010 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    How do you find out about workshops in the United States? I am a 44 year old female just diagnosed with focal dystonia of the foot. I have been a runner for 30 years and now cannot run and walking is difficult. I cannot seem to find a neurologist willing to consider therapies other than botox or muscle relaxers. I am extremely determined to overcome this problem but need help getting started. Do you have information on contacting Dr. Farias?

    • Posted December 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carrie,

      Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and that you cannot find a neurologist willing to consider other therapies. Dr. Farias, Joaquin, can be contacted through his website: http://www.focaldystonia.net/, just use the contact form. I had a reply within hours.

      In the FAQ page, you will be able to read that there are seminars (actually, really sessions) in Seville, Spain all year round. Also there are seminars organised around the world, including New York and Boston. It is also possible to organise sessions in your area.

      I would love to hear how you get on.

      Take care and good luck :)

  2. Carrie Jakab
    Posted January 2, 2011 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    Thank you for your reply. I have sent a request letting him know I am willing to travel. I know I can overcome this as there is no pathology associated with my diagnosis. I just need guidence to get started. It is exciting to hear your story and others on this website. You are an encouragement to me.

  3. Henry Benagh
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Hello Miguel,
    Do you know how I can contact Dr Joaquin Farias. I’m interested in his DVD but the website http://www.focaldystonia.net appears to have been taken down. Any help would be appreciated, even another source for purchasing the DVD.

    Thank you,

  4. Wendy Paul
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Joaquin can be contacted at farias_technique@yahoo.com

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