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.
“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).
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.
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
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.
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