I went to the website you mention and couldn't find the specific names. Please post their names, instrument and website. I'd like to contact them and hear their stories and watch videos of them playing.
I see his website has been redesigned, there are some testimonials there but not nearly the amount there used to be:
http://www.fariastechnique.com/testimon ... -dystonia/
Gustavo Mulé, Violin. National Symphony Orchestra. Argentina: you can start with him.
I specifically recall orchestral musicians who provided the music for big film productions like Avatar, Titanic and others, leading violinists and such.
He also posts videos on his Facebook Page, some named people there:
https://www.facebook.com/joaquin.Farias ... ng?fref=ts
The Dystonia Medical Research Foundation told me that they repeatedly asked Joaquin Farias to offer specific paperwork regarding his research that could verify the scientific validity of his treatments and results -- they received nothing. They told me as far as they know the only thing Farias has succeeded at was emptying wallets. Of course it doesn't mean his treatments don't work, but it certainly casts a very dark shadow. Who are you going to believe? Some random unnamed persons on a forum on the internet or the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation?
Well none of the people I was thinking off are random and un-named. On the Facebook group I mentioned his name comes up more than any other, I have read dozens of positive testimonials from (named) musicians all over the world. Its not anonymous group.
Eric for example, who nearly had his career finished due to FD and is now recording again:
Ask him yourself, I'm sure he'll be happy to give you details.
If you like I can ask for volunteers on the group who don't mind being contacted by you to verify their claims about Farias - would that help?
Farias' training approach is basically targeted exercises plus some targeted psychology. Given that there is no specific method as such, there is nothing repeatable that you can test under lab conditions and write a paper about, the advice varies according to the individual.
The DMRF Bulletin Board are tied to beliefs - FD is some kind of creeping brain disease like parkinsons, uncurable, no hope. I remember that disgraceful 'wallet emptying' quote that Estrin put on the board about Farias - and where's HIS evidence to back that up?
Check out what Norman Doidge, MD, has to say about Farias before you swallow what Glen Estrin has to say:
"I think that Dr. Farias is a kind of clinical genius in his work with the dystonias. I believe, as time evolves, it will be clear that his work is of historical importance."
Who are you going to believe? Psychiatrist, researcher and leading authority on neuroplasticity or a failed french horn player?