We had the good fortune of connecting with Lorena Balensi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lorena, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
.Throughout my travels and time living in France with my husband, Jean-Michel Balensi, we were always left astonished and amazed with the beautiful scenery and aesthetic. A short time after returning to live in San Diego we excitedly opened our own Mediterranean inspired spa and named it Balensi Spa! With commitment to stay true to our blended culture and love for french treatments such as the Vichy Shower from Vichy, France and the french skincare brands we love and are proud to carry at our Spa. Being able to create a safe space of relaxation for our clients and personally design the space of our Spa with gems from our trip across France is my dream come true therefore, this is what makes me happy every day! Everyday I live my dream as I step into work in our beloved San Diego and deliver my best self to my Balensi Spa family, regular, and new clients. San Diego is a hub for the entruepenal spirit and we are so happy to have the luxury to work and play in this beautiful city.

What should our readers know about your business?
When I began my venture with opening Balensi Spa I had two young boys I was raising and a vision. My vision and passion for wellness kept me motivated to open Balensi Spa. Navigating motherhood and the different aspects of being a new business owner was not easy. There was a lot to learn and I wanted to ensure I was doing everything correctly, effectively, and authentically to me. With the help of my husband, 25 years later I am proud to say I would not have done it any differently. My commitment to always staying up to date on facial and body treatments sets my business apart from others. Year after year I commit to being a lifelong learner. I owe it to my clients and myself to deliver the best treatments for them and their health. As a result of being in the health and wellness business for the past 25 years I decided to build my own skincare line: LBalensi Skincare. This took years of research on finding the correct and competent lab. I am always motivated to continue giving my clients the best services, products, and my best self. I strongly believe if you love what you do, you will continue to have motivation to do better or you will never have success at your craft. I believe my vivid passion for what I do is what has allowed me to overcome obstacles throughout the years.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area I would give them the gift of exploration, adventure, and relaxation in my sunny San Diego. We would start off at the historical Hotel Coronado. I love showing guests around the hotel because not only is it beautiful and well kept, but it is authentic San Diego history frozen in time located on a beautiful beach perfect for strolls. Next, I would take them to Little Italy for a Rose at my favorite restaurant Herb and Wood. Its inviting atmosphere is perfect for an evening glass of wine. On another day, we would go for a day of shopping at Fashion Valley mall. You’re bound to find what you’re looking for there with their numerous stores perfect for every aesthetic! I specifically enjoy grabbing lunch at True Food Kitchen for a tasty and healthy lunch located within Fashion Valley Mall. After that, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in La Jolla has the best dinner options! There is no doubt San Diego has an array of culinary gems, but also nature reserves! Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Trails are perfect for getting an exercise in with a beautiful view. After my bestie and I have finished up on a great trail walk we would stop at their Hotel Lodge for a tasty lunch. What a better way to finish off a week of fun than by visiting Balensi Spa for a Spa Day! I would treat my visiting friend to a Spa Day starting off with a Vichy shower followed by a hydrafacial. We would end the evening with San Diego’s greatest attraction: their views! Enjoying the view is perfect by renting a boat at the harbor within the San Diego Bay. There is no doubt San Diego is filled with numerous beautiful attractions and these are my favorite!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am a proud mother, wife, and business owner. With that said, my husband has been my biggest supporter and motivator. I credit his entrepreneurial spirit in assisting me with my business ventures such as Balensi Spa and my new skincare brand LBalensi Skincare.

Website: https://www.balensispa.com/index.php?y_source=1_MjAxNzA1OTYtNzE1LWxvY2F0aW9uLndlYnNpdGU%3D

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/balensi.spa/

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