JACKIE FETTER (STILES)
Jackie is a board-certified health coach, licensed massage therapist, and board-certified with the American Association for Drugless Practitioners, the AADP. She is sole owner of Jackie Fetter LMT, created Honest Living ready made meals, founder of The Shero Experience, previous owner of Katering Kitchen, and owner/operator of Honest Floating. Areas of study have been an herbalism internship, massage, anatomy and physiology, the lymphatic system and therapy, craniosacral therapy, attending Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Kirkwood Community College.
Along the way she has added services and knowledge about alkaline life, essential oils, event planning (The Shero Experience), a group of women learning to be health coaches “Honest Living Ladies”, float tanks (Honest Floating) and community outreach as well.
During Jackie's training with IIN, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Her teachers included Dr. Andrew Weil, Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; Dr. Deepak Chopra, leader in the field of mind-body medicine; Dr. David Katz, Director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center; Dr. Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrition at Harvard University; Geneen Roth, bestselling author and expert on emotional eating; and many other leading researchers and nutrition authorities.
In 2009 her love for community outreach and volunteerism led her to volunteer at Waypoint Services where she received a Level 1 Victims Advocate certification for domestic abuse and sexual assault. Then in 2013 she became co-chairman of the restaurant committee for the local Cedar Rapids Iowa Blue Zones Committee. Volunteering has always been a loving passion for Jackie and she continually looks for ways to help and connect with those that need assistance. 2013 to 2014 Jackie was at The Ghosh Center each weekday between noon and four giving healthy food demos, nutritional assessments and coaching.
At the end of 2014 she added Honest Floating to her services. This business offers an isolation tank, more information can be found under the Honest Floating tab of the website. With this incredibly relaxing, therapeutic and unique service she hopes to bring Cedar Rapids and all of Iowa some REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Treatment). With todays world being overloaded with electronics and nonstop lifestyles it is a wonderful way to reconnect with yourself, increase focus and gain energy. The tank was moved into Hands in Harmony in 2016 and the business was sold to them in 2019.
Massage therapy entered her life in 2017 at Carlson College in Stone City, Iowa. There through an extensive curriculum and hands on clinic hours her love of touch grew. Since graduation she worked at Hands in Harmony in Cedar Rapids, IA 2017 to 2019. She received additional trainings for lymphatic drainage therapy in St Paul, MN and craniosacral therapy in Omaha, NE. In 2019 Jackie has been given the opportunity to expand into her own space, inside Breathing Room yoga studio, in the heart of the city downtown. This growth with include an addition of teaching yoga as well.
Previous workshops and classes were available through The Ghosh Cancer Center, Kirkwood Community College, Bass Farms and Illuminations Healing Arts. Once a month she also was "Guest Chef" at Brewed Cafe in the NewBo District in 2013 through 2014. She has also taught cooking classes at New Pioneer Co-op.
"The mission is simple; to provide individuals and families with the power to be healthy and increase longevity." ~ Jackie
"I stay physically active with running, wieight lifting, playful inversions, being active outside, yoga, acroyoga and stretching. My creative side likes arts and crafts, essential oils, making clothes, listening to music, seeing friends and eating out. Spiritually I like to meditate and be good to others. Any other spare time is spent reading, researching, going to the dog park, spending time with my beloved, Robert, snowboarding, rock climbing and anything in between!" ~ Jackie
Favorite quote,"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Helen Keller
My personal bio....
To those reading this blog, I want to share briefly how I became me! I was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1983 to my mother and father, Lisa Jackson and Gordon Fetter. Later on my parents had another child, a younger brother named Jordan. I attended Cedar Valley Christian School until the eighth grade. During this time, I participated in sewing competitions often as well as track and field, volleyball and basketball. My style of clothing and décor I felt represented me best was of Asian culture where I liked to be in a peaceful environment and enjoyed the quite of the outdoors or zen like life indoors, I didn’t know yet what that meant but it was my first peek into where I am today. While in middle school my parents got a divorce. My mother remarried to a Benton County farmer named Paul, who had two younger boys. My father, who worked for UPS, also remarried and his bride, Rayetta, was a Mary Kay consultant who had two older children who lived in Indiana. Growing up my time was split between Cedar Rapids and Van Horne, Iowa.
When I got to high school I lived with my mom and attended Benton Community. I stayed active in sports: volleyball, show choir, and choir and also picked up some unhealthy habits. When I was seventeen I moved out and got a job at Subway to support myself. I graduated a semester early in 2002 and later married and divorced my high school sweetheart, sometimes it truly is just puppy love.
In 2003 I decided to go back to school for cosmetology at Capri College and a local barber college. I found myself back in a relationship before I made myself entirely emotionally whole where I found myself continuing bad habits. Through that time, I experienced domestic violence and went through an emotional roller-coaster. I found the strength to turn over a new leaf, ended the relationship and found my peace again. This is when I started doing yoga, meditation, and reading anything self-help.
In 2007 I started working in health insurance as a benefits advisor. Each week I talked with hundreds of people about their benefits and plans. While working as an advisor the company I worked for did a health screening I participated in and found I was overweight, had high cholesterol and overall unhealthy. It really opened my eyes and I decided to start working on myself. My foods became more whole foods, cut out dairy, red meats, flour based products and most processed foods. Though I was getting closer to my ideal diet I wasn’t entirely happy so I focused more on myself, however some choices were pure vanity. I went tanning, wore fake nails that were putting chemicals into my body (nails have huge pores!), and colored my hair. I didn’t feel good, no one would know who I was on the inside. I had so many layers of learning, shame, guilt and confusion. I realized that it wasn’t a way to live and started to take care of myself inwardly. I really wanted to continue to learn myself and help the community with long term lifestyle goals.
Why did I name the food prep business "Honest Living" in 2013?
Because I wanted to focus on the purest forms of how we all live. I think that begins with honesty.
Telling yourself the truth about ingredients, why we do what we do and how to learn and grow from those life lessons. There are any number of layers surrounding us that explain why we are holding onto old eating habits, why we feel unfulfilled, unorganized or just tired and beat down.
I have waded through so much health information, gone to school, had hands on training and I certainly do not have a perfect life, but I wanted to help others through what I have come to know. It is about a lifestyle, not a diet or a fad. I wanted to be able to help others and pay my bills (make an honest living). So I thought of making my career and practicing being open and honest.
Thus was born "Honest Living".
HON·ES·TY ˈÄNISTĒ/ NOUN: HONESTY THE QUALITY OF BEING HONEST.
"they spoke with convincing honesty about their fears"
synonyms: integrity, uprightness, honorableness, honor, morality, morals, ethics, principles, high principles, righteousness, right-mindedness; virtue, goodness, probity, high-mindedness, fairness, incorruptibility, truthfulness, trustworthiness, reliability, dependability, rectitude
sincerity, candor, frankness, directness, bluntness, truthfulness, truth, openness, straight forwardness