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One of the biggest reasons for the spa’s popularity could be its location. It is housed in the picture-postcard town of Merano, in the province of Alto Adige in north Italy, surrounded by the peaks of the south Tyrolean Alps.
Henry Chenot, its founder, has perfected the ‘Chenot Method’ based on the principles of Biontology. The underlying principle of Biontology postulates that people are in good health when their body, mind and soul work in harmony, transmitting a sense of peace and happiness. When this harmony breaks, toxins build up and the body accumulates damage.
Biontology underlines the importance to invest in our physical and mental health from an early age. It proposes that a balanced lifestyle, with good nutritional habits, together with sufficient energy intake for body needs and increased levels of physical activity are the most appropriate tools to delay the aging process and improve general well-being and mental alertness.
Over the last four decades, Chenot has refined a signature procedure of treatments and diet aimed at protecting the body from damage, toxin. The Chenot Method works at three levels:
* Elimination of damaged cells and removal of cell impurities
* Assimilation of nutrients needed for metabolism and,
* Regeneration and repair of tissues.
Chenot argues that cells with toxins cannot assimilate nutrients and repair. Therefore, the first step in the healing process has to be detoxification.
Medium is the massage
The array of massages under the aesthetics section is mindboggling. From tendon-muscle massages, to manual lymphatic massage to Plantar Reflexology. Another USP is the use of cutting-edge wellness and rejuvenation techniques. These include Biorevitatilsation (treatments with platelet-rich plasma) and Doublo, which uses High Intensity Focused Ultrasound for face lifting and tightening, by producing new collagen deep below the skin and subcutaneous layer.
Also on offer is non-surgical liposuction. This technology works by applying high-intensity ultrasound energy through the skin, reducing localised fat without damaging the epidermis, the dermis, the underlying tissues or organs.
The spa even has its own research and development team based in Bolzano, which specialises in the production of pure high-quality protein and peptides, underlining the development of pure ingredients.
The promise of a complete body overhaul, combined with the Italian traditions of hospitality and service keeps bringing back clients to the spa, year after year.
How much does an average treatment cost?
The detox programme with dietary meal plans costs about €5000 including accommodation in a single room. The minimum length of stay is seven nights and six days of treatments.
What else to do in Merano?
Situated at the foothills of the Dolomites, enjoying 300 days of sunshine per year, Merano is a three-hour drive from Venice, or a four and a half hour journey by train.
Once at Merano, you could consider visiting Bolzano by train or seeing Venice before you wind up your trip. In Merano itself, you could explore the cycling and walking track along the River Passer, a stone’s throw away from Palace Merano.
You may also want to see Merano’s ultra-modern thermal baths (www.termemerano.it), with its 25 pools, which are a short walk away from the spa.