VCBA Salutes: Path To Wellness

Some big changes are happening for Valley Center Business Association’s partner Path to Wellness. I had the opportunity to sit down with Debbie Balfour, owner and masseuse. Balfour has some new and exciting news for Valley Center and Pauma Valley residents.

She is now expanding her Wellness Spa to a second location, Pauma Valley Country Club. Balfour is also planning to add new services as well as some additional therapist. All of these services will now be offered in both locations.

Starting in April, Path to Wellness will offer wellness plans that have been developed for Pauma Valley Country Club. The program will include classes in yoga (yoga helps to create perfect harmony between the mind and body); Pilates (often used to elevate pain and improve balance and muscle conditioning); Feldenkrais—a type of exercise therapy, which helps improve body movement and psychological state— meditation, Qi Gong and workshops on sound therapy, and classes on essential oil.

Want to try something new? Balfour also plans to offer Sip and Sketch classes. A Sip and Sketch is an evening where you can experience laughter and creativity with you friends, while enjoying a nice beverage. If you would feel more comfortable having massage services at your own home, Path to Wellness offers services in your home as well as couples massage therapy.

Balfour is excited to be offering new services to both her Valley Center, and Pauma Valley Country Club locations. Some new therapies that will be offered at both locations include Thai (a traditional therapy combining acupressure), Indian Ayurvedic principle and assisted yoga posture), Shiatsu (a form of therapy of Japanese origin, based on the Samar principles as acupuncture, in which pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands), cupping therapy (where suction is created on the skin with the application of heated cups), trigger point (the concept used to help address certain musculoskeletal pain), and hot laser therapy ( hot lasers can penetrate deeper into the tissues, stimulating cells, so tissues will grow and repair allowing wounds or surgeries to heal.) “Some clients are looking everyday for a deep tissue massage to help battle sports injuries, and stress, or they may want an hour to escape,” said Balfour. “We can offer any customized package to help discover a healthier you..”

Balfour now has three other technicians working in her two locations. Mike Tennenberg is a massage therapist and Holistic Practitioner. He specializes in Deep Tissue, Thai massage, Trigger Point therapy, Structural integration and Tui Na. Tennenberg’s main focus for his clients is to return the body to homeostasis.

Alfredo Carrion is a professional massage therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner. He has a mixture of western and oriental modalities that include, Thai, shiatsu, reflexology, deep tissue, circulatory, sports, PJM, dynamic cupping and trigger point therapy. Carrion likes to focus on evaluating and identifying any musculoskeletal problems and taking progressive action.

Julie Mattos is a certified aroma touch therapist. Her techniques combine the unique benefits of human touch with the power of essential oils to create an overall wellness experience. Mattos explains, “I love to teach and empower those interested in learning more about how you can support your body’s natural ability to heal itself, using essential oils.”

Balfour is excited to offer all of these new therapies at both locations. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at either location or are interested in learning more about what services may be beneficial for you to try in your holistic health journey, call Path to Wellness and schedule your appointment. Call 760-419-3550 or visit their website:

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