HEALTH & HAPPINESS à la CARTE,
with a FRENCH TOUCH
Interview done June 22nd 2024 in Paris, France – by Sophie Delachance, published in L’OBS.
After a swift as an arrow success with her effective and creative way to empower people to live a durable Healthy & Happy life, our French entrepreneur goes back to her country offering a camp version of her ChhC center, this time “en vacances” (on vacations) in France where we are meeting today! Here is the story of a successful Californian adopted French woman!
On this beautiful Parisian summer day in France, I am meeting with Christelle Semenjuk-Magnier at the restaurant the Jules Verne on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. And today is actually her daughter Alyzée birthday, she is turning 18!!! Happy birthday Alyzée!!
Let me give you a little history about Christelle: she came to America (Florida) for the first time when she was 30 years old on vacations with a friend and was there when the 9/11 terrorist attacks happened… what a first experience! Her second time back in February 2002 she went to California to visit Randy, the man she had met in Vancouver Canada two years prior, this same man who asked her to move to America at the end of her trip, and became her husband after she moved to California to be with him and live their love story. This was the beginning of the story of a French girl in America!
Chistelle had been living in Paris for 5 years before she moved to California in Fall 2002 with a BA in Psychology, degrees in Fitness and in NLP, and four suitcases of fifty pounds each containing pretty much all of her 30 years of life in France she wanted to bring to this next part of her life.
Fast forward, first job in the US as a Personal Trainer in 2004 in Sacramento – her daughter Alyzée’s birth in 2006 – Personal Trainer at Rollingwood Athletic Club in 2009 – divorce in 2010 – Fitness Director in 2013 – Tony Robbins first UPW event and first figure bodybuilding competition in 2014 – Young Living essential oils business in 2016 – Pranic Healing certifications and first MKE just few months after in 2018 – two consecutive incredible Tony Robbins events end of 2019 resulting in the beginning of her life transformation early 2020 – COVID-19 shut down march 2020 that gave her opportunities to become a Strategic Intervention life coach and totally upgrading her home business to a degree she could have not imagined and in so little time – September 2020 ideal time for another round of the Master Key Experience – and the rest is the story of a dream becoming reality.
SD – “Bonjour Christelle, bienvenue! Did I pronounce that correctly?”
CSM – “Oui oui, c’est parfait! It means it is perfect! Thank you for meeting me here with this breathtaking view of Paris and on this very special day! It is my daughter’s birthday and I’m expecting her to join us any minute! Paris is so precious to my heart because my American adventure would have never seen light if I hadn’t met a young man from Vancouver Canada here in Paris who invited me to visit his town and where I met my ex-husband Randy.
SD – “It is my great pleasure! Thank you for accepting my request to tell your success story to the world! So Christelle, I am very excited to hear directly from the founder what is ChhC about! Please tell us everything “we are allowed” to know about your so internationally successful center!”
CSM – “Well, ChhC stands originally for Christelle Health and Happiness Center we opened in spring 2023. “C” can also stand for Camp in its newly designed version I’m exporting for the first time to France this year, basically taking people on vacations while they improve as successfully their life on their terms as they would in our Center version! How better can it be, right?”
SD – ” I totally agree! So Christelle, everyone would like to know, how did it all start?”
CSM – “Well it all started because as a personal trainer I have always felt the limitations of the impact I could have on many of my clients. Also coming from a psychology background, I knew there were other and stronger factors than simply put for example “calories in, calories out” or training methods for people to successfully reach their fitness goals. I already knew my passion was to guide people to find their own way to reach what fulfilled them and made them happy. And one day it came to me, the concept that put all the pieces together…. a mental design with its logo: capital C, lowercase h, upside down lowercase h, reversed capital C, all the letters imbricated like pieces of a puzzle forming a ball. And I realized later that even the design of the building I had already in mind was shaped like the logo!
At this point in time I had no idea if, how or when I would make it happen! I just had finally assembled together all the different pieces I had in my mind, including facilitating travels to France to see my family and friends!
Prior to 2020 before everything started to take a turn for me to finally start on this fabulous business adventure, I came across different approaches to health and wellness that complimented practically so well my current fitness approaches: first I discovered the therapeutic power of essential oils when I discovered the cleanest and most trusted essential oils company Young Living. It is then that I learnt about the toxicity of the world we live in, it is absolutely everywhere! Knowing this I had to find ways to protect my family and as many people as I could against this insidious intoxication of course led by profit – Then I got introduced to the incredible power of energy healing through the teaching of Pranic Healing and Master Co. Wow, that was a huge opening to another world I had no idea existed! – Then logically based on my first passion for psychology and the human mind, studying life coaching with Mark and Magali Pesha I had followed for years through Tony Robbins, gave me wonderful tools to support and empower the human mind in a way that fitted me so well. – Also all along these years I can not not refer to the teachings from Tony Robbins himself through his seminars. – Finally the last big push that made everything possible, Mark & Davene and their “nothing like it” program MKE.
Not only I had learnt and witnessed how effective all of these techniques were on our wellness but also saw a powerful way to support people’s search for a better life, an improved wellness and health away from toxicity, regaining control of their health and at the same time a way to fulfill my own values.”
SD – “Yes Young Living, Gary Young’s world leader company in essential oils! I have heard how science backs up a lot of research on essential oils now. So it is not only about smelling good anymore!”
CSM – “Oh nooo, there is an oil for everything like we say in the world of essential oils hahaha! To summarize, my goal was and still is to limit and even eliminate the contamination, intoxication, impact of toxins found in our environment on our bodies and minds. Studies show these same toxins are at the origin of so many diseases and health problems from allergies to cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer, auto-immune diseases etc! I try to reduce and replace as much as possible the chemicals we live with at every second and step of our life and this is where Young Living comes into play and is a life changer! The purity, the variety of their products, allow me to protect not only my health and my family’s, but also anyone’s on the planet with Young Living being available almost all over the world . Health and any aspect that supports it are very important factors in my life.”
SD – “Yes I understand where you are coming from, lots of these impacts of chemicals are finally revealed to the public. Would you like to tell our readers a little bit more now about these other ways you referred to that support health?
CSM – “Absolutely! Let’s continue with Pranic Healing. Where I come from we only believe in what we can see and touch. Spirituality, universe, law of attraction, I never learnt about them till a few years ago when I became curious about meditation. So when at one of Tony Robbins events I got to “feel” energy, I was blown away and very intrigued to learn more! After going to an introduction to Pranic Healing in Sacramento I was hooked! Many months later I took my Pranic Healing certification level 1 and 2 and advanced and another one … I could not stop! It was incredible to be able to “heal” even the most non-believer from pains that nothing else had been able to ease. Incredibly powerful tool while simple to be done and the best is, by ANYONE!
Then Strategic Intervention life coaching approach gave me the freedom and effectiveness I needed to really embrace a life coaching method and help anyone with life, personal and relationship challenges. Let’s not forget of course I have got so much from Tony Robbins teachings all over the years. He is definitely the one who put me on the self-development incredible journey I will never get off from!
And what made everything possible, the “nothing like it” program MKE I mentioned earlier Mark & Davene Januszewski put together that gave me the keys to utilize my subconscious and the law of the universe to create anything I wanted! What an mind-blowing eye-opening 6 month experience I would recommend to anyone who wants more from their life than what we are told by our parents, schools or media and our culture!”
SD – “I really feel how passionate and happy you are! Your energy and enthusiasm are contaminating, thank you so much for that! I understand how you became so successful with such a positive drive and strong determination! We really see your logo everywhere! Magazines, billboards, interviews on TV and radio, etc! You are taking over the world of health & wellness! Congratulations!”
CSM – “Thank you so much Sophie … it is really my pleasure, I get to do everyday of my life what I love, it is so fulfilling!
Oh I see my daughter, she is a little early so would you mind if we would take a break? You know it is her 18th birthday today… I’ll be right back with her!”
And then Christelle gets up with a huge smile on her face as she runs towards her daughter, wearing a very elegant but simple summer dress that makes her look like she walks suspended….
As for me, waiting for her to come back I’m enjoying a delicious French pastry…. Mmm so yummy!
Few minutes later Christelle comes back accompanied by her tall and elegant daughter, Alyzée who’s turning 18 today!!…
CSM – ” Thank you for your patience Sophie, here is my daughter Alyzée who just arrived from California yesterday where she celebrated her birthday with her dad, step-mom, her brother and sister, and next week we are going to Venice in Italia where she wanted to go first. Then Greece, so exciting!!”
SD – “Very nice meeting you Alyzée, happy birthday and welcome to your second home country! I hope you already enjoyed your special day!”
AS – “Thank you very much, yes indeed it is fantastic to be here in Paris on my 18th birthday! “
SD – “So Christelle, so you were about to tell us what your center was about. “
CSM – “Yes. So here is the recipe I use: simply taking people out of their environment for long enough to be able to definitively eliminate their disempowering patterns and habits, substituting them with new and empowering ones -chosen by them but under guidance-. My team of exceptional professionals and myself apply this technique to the major life aspects of each individual, making this program very personal and designed by and around each specific case. Ultimately the individual chooses how long he/she wants to stay in immersion but the longer the better to get long lasting changes.
Simply put we first meet a future candidate on a consultation to determine what is currently going on in their life, what do they want and why. We then design a schedule or individual program if you will that addresses all appropriate aspects of life that will support the accomplishments of the candidate goals or objectives: Physical health- Emotional health – Relationship/family – Time – Career – Finance – Spirituality.
We have different plans with different length of time from 1 month to a 1 year. We also involve the family or immediate environment because the readaptation to the old environment after immersion could be very brutal. We include in the curriculum extra activities like music, dance, painting, acting, yoga/fitness, meditation, cooking and more; we adapt to who is in the program and take in consideration requests. We offer check up/maintenance sessions on a regular basis to help maintain the desirable changes over time and continue on the road of progress.
The seclusion and separation from the loved ones/family/environment is really the most challenging part for almost everyone but it is a determining factor. We definitely allow visits inside the center every two weeks for a few hours. And it has proven to be a very successful program! Our candidates need to be determined to make a change in their life otherwise it is a waste of their time and their peers as there is a group effect as big as the sum of the individuals’ determination. I love when they arrive, and when they live … it is quite emotional each time! Voila!”
SD – “Wow, I can see how this system will work so well long term! Well I can’t wait to hear how France will welcome it!”
CSM – “Me too!! I’m so excited to have created my own opportunity to go back to my country on a regular basis and to contribute to people’s health and happiness here as well! I already have invited Mark Januszewski and Davene to come by when they take their next trip to France as I remembered when I took the MKE course in 2018, Mark had on his DMP to go visit France! Also Tony Robbins who heard about my success in the US is talking about visiting my French camp during his next vacation in France. I’m very excited to have these incredible people thanks to who I was able to get here, come and visit my creation!
SD – “Well Christelle, I so appreciate the time you gave me today on your daughter’s birthday, really grateful for what you bring to the world!I wish you at least as big of a success with this next adventure, the camp, as you have had with your Center! I’ll stay in touch for another interview for your future location! Ça marche? Thank you again so much!”
CSM – “C’est moi qui vous remercie Sophie! It was a real pleasure to meet you and share with you what I’m so proud to have finally accomplished after many years doubting, procrastinating … so I want to send a huge Thank You to Mark, Davene, the MKE team and community, my daughter, my brother, my parents, friends, clients and my amazing team of colleagues! A bientôt!”