The Ultimate Chenot Experience

Who is Henri Chenot?


Born in 1943 and with a background in Biology, Naturopathy and Chinese Medicine, Henri Chenot created his first laboratory of Phytocosmetics in 1970.  He travelled across Europe, demonstrating his theory and methods of preventive health care.  Obtaining a Masters degree and doctorates in Psychology and Human Sciences respectively, Chenot went on to open the first Espace Henri Chenot at the Cannes Polyclinic, later transferring in the 1980s to Italy, where he then launched the Merano Espace Henri Chenot, with his wife and professor of aesthetics, Dominique.  From the early 1980s to the present, M. et Mme Chenot have produced a list of several publications, all of which relate to health and wellbeing.

Chenot Philosophy

“Just as man is an integral part of a broader system of nature, every principle in the care of a person must extend to a total evaluation of the quality of life: from what is happening inside us, to our surroundings which affect our everyday being.
This is our philosophy: to better understand the single individual, to offer him or her new opportunities of health and physical, psychological and emotional well-being, in our care centres, in our well-being centres and every day through the cosmetic and dietetic products bearing our trademark.
All of this follows a wide, interdisciplinary concept of the individual, with principles developed by continuous research at our laboratories and verified daily in practical application on those who have been coming to us in our centres for over four decades.”


Chenot’s Principles of Biontology

Biontology is a term developed by Chenot, meaning “the study of the essence of life and its evolution”.  Using a combination of Chinese and Western style principles of medicine and technology based on natural active ingredients, Biontology can be said to find a balance in the physical body and lessen the problems of ageing, tiredness and organic intoxination, all of which Chenot suggests are linked to our lifestyle, the way in which we use our bodies and the quality of our food.  He goes on that the ageing process is worsened by poor environmental conditions, improper activity or incorrect diet and excessive use of medicines, leading to toxinaemia and cell degeneration.  Chenot lists five types of tiredness, most of which we are all faced with, from one time or another in our day-to-day living.  Physical tiredness, sensorial tiredness (prolonged exposure to light, sound or intellectual overwork) and emotional tiredness, are all recoverable with rest and repose. Mental tiredness could be the result of lack of sleep and can generally lead to body functional disorders or degenerative dis-ease.  Physiological tiredness is a combination of all of the above, is the most complex to treat, but can be done with focused relaxation techniques and a sleep and dietary regime with limited input to detoxify the system (see selection of Biolight Foods, below).

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A forty-year span of research and dietological and medical practice has resulted in Chenot’s creation of a bespoke, curative method of treatments, comprising Aesthetic Biontology, Dietetics, Hydro-Biontology and Wellness programmes, that directly impact on the three fundamental principles in the fight against ageing: detoxification, or elimination of toxic residues; stimulation, for a nutritive and ionic input to the cells and regeneration, for the repair of damage to organs and cells.   These same three fundamental principles are also extended from Chenot’s health, well-being and aesthetics departments to apply to beauty and cosmetics – with the development of the Chenot Face and Body Lines – Basic Lines, Anti-age Lines and Sensitive Skin Lines respectively.

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Hotel Palace Merano – Espace Henri Chenot


“Over five hundred years of charm in a luxurious setting” 

Inspired by the luxury hotels of the Côte d’Azur, this elegant, neo-classical architectural construction, its land steeped in history dating back as early as the thirteenth century and beyond, is ideally located in the warmer, drier Mediterranean climes of the Italian town of Merano.  Merano, also known as the “City of Flowers”, is known as one of the most desirable climatic locations in Europe, its north and east sections protected by a chain of mountains, resulting in beautiful climates all year round.  It is also famed for its local waters, which are said to possess certain special healing properties.  This unique attraction alone is what inspired the blossoming and thriving of the spa industry within this breath-taking setting.


Hotel Palace entrance by night


Hotel Reception


The Imperial Suite

Upon arrival to your suite that boasts exclusive ambience (it is recommended to request a suite overlooking the gardens a the back), you can immediately feel a reduction of pace and a sense of relaxation before your toe has even tested a plunge pool.  Speaking of plunging, before doing so, into any kind of treatments whatsoever, you would need to embark on a series of biological analyses and initial health assessments, to establish your current condition and level of well-being – whether related to stress, dietary habits or medical conditions – before proceeding with the correct treatment that is tailored to your personal needs.  This process is pre-arranged at your arrival and any relevant appointments booked ahead of time.  Until then, you could take a stroll around the sumptuous grounds, have a swim, take tea in the Winter Garden or simply unwind in one of the Hotel’s elegant suites.  (Merano is also a beautiful town, with plenty of cultural attractions to choose from)


The Winter Garden


Indoor Swimming Pool

If, like myself, you would prefer to hold out from going under the surgeon’s knife in favour of maintaining one’s vitality and remaining as naturally rejuvenated as possible, my philosophy is this: the best thing you could do for yourself (and it would certainly keep people guessing), would be to look like you have just come back from a really good holiday (or spa).


Espace Henri Chenot

At Espace Henri Chenot, you can acquire a new lease of life or rediscover the inner you, in the Aesthetic Biontology Department.  In this area, managed by Aesthetics expert Dominique Chenot, specialists provide a series of tailored aesthetic programmes for tendon-muscle massage and facial, scalp and cellulite treatments (as well as for your serious pampering needs) and which involve detoxification, elimination, stimulation and rejuvenation.

The results are: increased vascularisation, improved elimination of toxins, revitalisation and stress reduction.


Hydrotherapy Suites


Gommage/Peeling Suites

In the Dietetics Department, also overseen by Dominique Chenot, you can undergo a dietetic and food intolerance assessment, as well as the edification of weight harmonisation, glycemic index and promote healthy living forever by re-learning to follow the correct high quality, nutritional diet.




A Selection of Biolight Foods from the Dietetics Restaurant

The Hydro-Biontology Department promotes water revitalising treatments such as hydro-aromatherapy, phyto-mud therapy and the use of body toning and energy-stimulating hydrojets, whether these are used as part of a detoxification programme or for more aesthetic silhouette sculpting purposes.

Within the Wellness Department, you can maximise your fitness under the supervision of a personal trainer in the gymnasium or pool, improve your strength, flexibility and posture with Tecnica Kinesis or Nordik Walking and even stimulate your muscle groups on the Power Plate.


The one important factor that Espace Henri Chenot is keen to have you keep in mind, is that even after you have obtained your individually tailored, rejuvenating treatments, the experience does not end there.  The effects do not wear off, due to the lifelong dietary habit-changing knowledge, advice and information given to you by the experts from Espace Henri Chenot – advice that you can take home with you – stays with you forever and can be maintained to prolong your newer, healthier you.


© Brucella Newman 2013





WordPress Family Award

The WordPress Family Award

Once again, I would like to thank Griffins and Ginger Snaps for this award.  Thank you for your continued support and recognition.


Nominate 10 blogs who are like family to you:

  1. Writing The Pilot
  2. Meyer Lane’s Short Attention Span Press
  3. Person of the Year
  4. Tell me, when will my life begin?
  5. Griffins and Ginger Snaps
  6. A Constant Visual Feast
  7. Catherine, Caffeinated
  8. The Nahmias Cipher Report
  9. knowthesphere
  10. lincolnberry58 – AstroView


The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger Award



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• Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or regularly follow

• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

• Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself

• You can find more information and other winners here


Thank you to Griffins and Gingersnaps for this award you can find more on Griffin and Gingersnaps here:

Many thanks to you for your continued support and recognition.


• Select blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or regularly follow


  1. Meyer Lane’s Short Attention Span Press
  2. Alaina Mabaso’s Blog
  3. Person of the Year
  4. Tell me, when will my life begin?
  5. Ignorant
  6. Writing The Pilot
  7. Because I’m Going To Die
  8. objectpermanenceblog
  9. Decolonization
  10. Support
  11. A Constant Visual Feast
  12. Catherine, Caffeinated
  13. The Nahmias Cipher Report
  14. knowthesphere


• 7 things about Myself

  1. A screenwriter and budding novelist, trying to carve out a career as a full-time, freelance writer.
  2. I have a fantastic teenage son and partner, both of whom are super-talented, bright, brilliant and really supportive.
  3. Can’t seem to get by without chocolate and a good movie – in that order.
  4. Pisces Sun, Pisces Moon and Chinese Fire Horse.
  5. Would love to get back to travelling and this time, taking my son and partner to see the places I have seen, to see the places my partner has seen… and discover new ones together.
  6. A little bit on the whacky side.
  7. Hooked on chilled, freshly squeezed juices.


Look Out… Ruthless People About!

Technically, that should have read “Ruthless Sales Person”, but who’s checking?

Oh… alright then.

Okay, hands up if you’ve ever have you come across one of those ruthless sales persons, who simply won’t leave you alone and is a right royal pain in the neck?  Keep your hands up if he or she is suddenly struck with verbal diarrhoea (what a messy word to spell, whether you’re from the UK or US, but I digress) and is apparently deaf and void of any compassion or feeling too?

Beware the cold caller, for he or she will be heartlessly grilled as to exactly how he or she managed to acquire my personal contact details.

But I would have to say that the one that really gets my goat more than anything – and this one must have a truck-load of bad karma coming his or her way – is the ruthless telesales person who tries to play on my insecurities… tries to make me feel inadequate by telling me that he or she can help my child succeed in school only by buying into their ‘hard sell’ Personal Tuition.

Before any Personal Tutors take arms and hurl rocks at me, hold your weapons: I am a former Lecturer too.  And if you recall, I did say ‘hard sell’, not genuinely qualified teachers.  I am referring to the ones who give our honest livelihood a bad name.  A livelihood that we have studied and trained hard for and spent many hours perfecting our practice in the classroom.  The ones I refer to are the ones who actually have no qualifications – unless you can call taking a five-day crash course with one teacher observation thrown in, from an unqualified ‘Teacher Training School’, proper training – then that opens a whole new can of worms.


I am talking about the personal tuition academies who embellish on their ‘strengths’ by claiming to do such incredibly miraculous things as ‘ace your child through their GCSEs’ by identifying any ‘weaknesses’ in your child’s education (or your gullibility), seeking ‘opportunity’ by getting to the root of the issue quickly and eliminating ‘threats’ – mainly competing companies – but for them, hopefully also, your intelligence, when you realise this is all just a big fat con and promptly hang up.

Well, if this is starting to look like a SWOT Analysis, it’s no accident.  One company in particular, who shall remain nameless – not because I don’t want to be sued for libel, nor because in truth, I am a really kind and considerate person (which I’d like to think I am, but that’s beside the point), but for the simple fact that I really don’t want to advertise them – is taking unsuspecting parents for one heck of a ride in this way.

Not only does this company claim to perform miracles with little photocopied colour picture books, which ‘teachers’ use to make up their lesson plans, but the said teachers and telesales staff alike will follow a script over the telephone targeting the poor parents, offloading a lot of spiel about how ‘your child will really benefit fully only when they take all four subjects for a very reasonable price of just £470 per ten-week session’; that ‘should you fail to cancel your account after the six-week deadline, our ‘system’ will automatically enrol your child on to the next ten weeks (another £470)’ and – wait for it – that ‘most of the parents here have been so happy with our programme, that they have stayed on for twelve to twenty-four months’!  

Quick.  Get me a bucket.

No, it’s okay. I think I’ll be okay.

To rub more salt in the wound, this company tells its telesales people to tell parents that ‘90% of their teachers are Oxbridge (for those out of the UK, that means either/or Oxford or Cambridge) or ‘Russell Group’ (which is supposed to be the top 24 British public research universities) qualified, when in reality, the majority of telesales people there are all still doing their Bachelors in unrelated subjects.

I actually overheard one telesales person on the phone say to a parent, “… and which year did you say your child is in…? Nursery?”

The poor child is not even in school yet!

At the helm of this operation, sits a man, whose LinkedIn account I decided to check out.  Of all the groups he was a member of, 98% were related to finance and wealth management companies, whilst a mere 2% were mildly related to education.  That in itself speaks volumes.  But the biggest alarm bell of all was the fact that the man clearly came from an ethnic-specific part of the world, a part of the globe where nobody born there has either a western first or surname, yet both the first and surnames he operates under are western.  I wonder how many people around him have actually noticed this anomaly and are choosing to ignore it, or if they ever noticed at all.  The telesales people were told to tell the parents over the telephone that the company was founded a decade ago by a Cambridge-qualified English Professor, with the exact same surname.  There also happened to be a ‘teacher’ in their cohort with – you guessed it – the very same name.

As soon as the telesales person felt he or she might be losing the customer, he or she went for the ‘hard sell’, or passed the phone on to the line manager, to help the telesales person get closer to hit his or her £1000 pound daily target figure.

This is all being observed through a massive glass pane, by ‘Mister Said-Western-Name’, whose ‘Head Office’ tuns out to be no more than a drab two-room unit in a grubby old industrial estate.  The office environment is so old and dated, the dirty blue carpet squares are threadbare or covered with unsightly gaffer tape and the equipment is heaving under the strain from the volume of work it has to perform 24/7.  The photocopier is on its last legs, the computers take half an hour to fire up (if at all) and the clocking in/out wall terminal keeps repeating in a bitter, sarcastic tone, “Identification not recognised, please try again”.

So if all the sales people have to hit a target of £1000 a day, then where is all the money going?

Your guess is as good as mine.

But I’d like to leave you with a few final thoughts to consider, should you ever find yourself ear to ear, on the end of the telephone with such a telesales person:

  1. Think first whether you’d be better off asking your child’s school exactly which books they would recommend – books in line with National Standards, that follow the entire curriculum – not books that feed you tiny morsels of information, or instalments that look like they’re were created twenty years ago.  Also if you have to pay for every single little instalment, someone is seriously on the make.  You’ll find your school-recommended books will be far cheaper;
  2. Check if the academy is Ofsted inspected, or government-regulated by a main educational body in your country.  If they say they are Ofsted Registered, all is not as it seems.  (When I asked what that even meant, I was met with a really long pause).  This is not the fault of Ofsted, but if the company has to hide behind the name, then pay closer attention.
  3. Be wary when the company starts verbally putting down their competitors and says things like, “Our company is far more superior in quality than ‘XXXXX’, because they only offer little black and white photocopies of their booklets and they charge three times more for the books than we do”.
  4. Ask for stats, evidence – in writing about the company, or ask to talk to other parents whose children have taken the course. If they were genuine (and good, for that matter), they wouldn’t feel bad about having a forum on their website.
  5. Check they’re not reading from a script – ask a totally random question and see if they quickly divert you back to their line of reason (which is really their script).  Keep singling out points they make and ask them “What does that mean exactly?  I don’t understand, can you go into some more detail?  Can you repeat that, please?”  You can actually tell when someone is reading from a script.
  6. If they strongly recommend that you take all of their subjects, ask why you can’t just do one.  If they say it’s not possible, press them as to why.  Is your money not good enough?
  7. If they ask you why you think they should allow your child on to their (apparently) last place on the course, ask why they think you should pay them so much money, especially for only part of a complete programme your kid is already getting for free at school.
  8. Ask to come into the office, or meet in person.  If they say that they don’t conduct their sales meetings in the office, ask them why not, what are they hiding?
  9. Finally, check them out on the web and look for any news stories, forums or pages for any negative comments or feedback about this business.  If you sense that all is not right and you can feel it in your waters, then trust your instincts before parting unnecessarily with your hard earned cash.

Or you’ll find that you are funding an extremely ruthless and unscrupulous conman’s very lavish lifestyle.