About me

My name is Fionnuala Knox and I am the business owner and founder of Essential Balance Highland. I am a Yin Yoga and therapy ball teacher, specialising in the connective tissues (fascia) and breathing techniques. I am also qualified in various styles of massage, aromatherapy and have a background in psychology with an emphasis on stress management.

All my qualifications are in the pursuit of helping others and I have been very lucky to have studied all over Europe, with Italy being my favourite destination.

The main focus of my business is to design innovative therapies, classes & treatments to help my clients & students manage stress & pain, in natural & healthy ways, using a combination of yin yoga, specialised breathing practices, aromatherapy and self-massage.

All my treatments and classes are based on rehydrating the connective tissues (fascia) to reduce pain & tension in the body and harnessing the breath. My speciality is in a therapy called “Roll, Breathe and Release” : A simple system I have developed to help you naturally and effectively manage pain, stress, illness or injury. Using innovative neuropsychology techniques, advanced understanding of the human body and an empathetic approach, I can develop a programme for you that will allow you to take control of your health and learn to tap into your resilience.

With my advanced anatomy and Chinese medicine background, I guide my students with a fresh perspective and understanding of their bodies and with gentle adaptations to help them realise how capable they are.

I chose to study Yin yoga as it celebrates our anatomical differences and focuses on the function of the poses rather than aesthetics. Yoga truly is for everyone!




Psychology and Biology HND (2009) incl. occupational psychology & stress management.

Clinical Aromatherapy (2010)

12 massage qualifications from Swedish, Deep tissue, Lava Shell, Warm bamboo, Indian Head, Reflexology etc (2010-2018)

Manual Lymphatic Drainage Training based on the Vodder Method (2012)

Thai Yoga Massage (2016)

First Aid training (fully up-to-date)

Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (2018)

Yin Yoga and Advanced Anatomy 200hr Teacher Training. Dhugal Meachem (2019)

Yoga Medicine 5 Elements Yoga Training. Tiffany Cruickshank (2020)

Myo Yin and Myofascia Therapy Ball 20hr Teacher Training. Carol Man (2020)

Breath and Bliss Immersion Yoga Tune Up. Jill Miller (2020)

Advanced Yin Yoga and Chinese Medicine 100hr (Ongoing. To be completed December 2020)



Membership and Insurance

Wellbeing Yoga insurance

Full CTHA massage membership

BABTAC massage insurance