Are your allergies making your 4th of July Picnic unbearable? Try hypnosis, says East Bay CA expert.

PressMediaWire.com (Press Release Distribution) - Jul 02,2011 -With Accuweather.com allergy forecasts ranging from "Moderate" to "Extreme" for the 4th of July weekend in Northern California, grass pollen, tree pollen and ragweed may chase allergy sufferers throughout the East Bay area away from picnics, parties and parades. Most allergy sufferers turn to antihistamines and decongestants for relief. But a Vacaville clinical hypnotherapist offers a drug-free alternative.

How can hypnosis—most often thought of as a way to help people lose weight or stop smoking—help relieve allergy symptoms?

"Hay fever and allergies are physical manifestations of immune processes that can be controlled at the subconscious level," says Dennis Atkinson. "An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system encounters a foreign substance like cat dander or grass pollen," he says. "These substances are not poisonous or harmful for most people.

But if you suffer from an allergy, your immune system overreacts to something harmless like pollen—sending out killer T-cells as though it's an anthrax spore or bubonic plague bacteria. Your body is flooded with histamines. Your eyes water, you sneeze, you get itchy. You may get congested."

"The good news is that the immune system can be retrained with hypnotherapy," says Atkinson, who is certified by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

"Many people with minor environmental allergies can give up decongestants and antihistamines completely after just a few sessions," says Atkinson. The retired police officer founded his hypnotherapy practice in Fairfield, California in 2009.

A hypnosis study published in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis reported that 86% of the study participants who had been taking medication for allergy relief had been able to reduce their medications. Three out of four participants reported an improvement in their symptoms.

"We simply use hypnosis, guided imagery and other related tools to help your immune system react appropriately to the substances that are not otherwise harmful," says Atkinson.

For more information about hypnotherapy for allergy relief, contact Dennis Atkinson at 707-474-9230. An initial consultation for allergy sufferers is $45 and includes an assessment, a hypnosis session, and customized hypnosis CD to take home.

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About Dennis Atkinson

Dennis Atkinson has over 30 years of hypnosis experience, with a number of specialized certifications -- including allergy relief -- from the California Hypnotherapy Academy. With offices in Fairfield and Vacaville, Atkinson sees hypnosis clients from throughout the East Bay area.

Dennis Atkinson was inspired to learn hypnosis as a police officer for the City of Garden Grove, California in the early 1980s. "The department was training officers in hypnosis to help victims recall details about violent crimes," says Atkinson. "I wasn't in the training, but I was so impressed by what my fellow officers could do, that I learned hypnosis and hypnotherapy on my own."