333 West State Rd, Island lake, IL 60042

Fitness Instructors


I spent almost 20 years doing blue collar labor but truly had a passion for health and wellness. Talking to my wife about how to transition, I mentioned possibly becoming a massage therapist. All the years of doing hard labor and many times being outside during winter, massage therapy was the only thing that ever seemed to help hold me together.  The more I researched what it was capable of the more I envisioned it would be something I could be good at.
I liked the idea of helping to fix or heal people. I felt I could understand what many people were feeling and how massage therapy helped me through the years. I knew massage was just a piece of it though as muscle compensations usually is what caused much of the pain. Massage would help but I wanted to understand how to reverse any compensations that could cause discomfort or lose of mobility.
So after talking with my wife about a plan, I decided to work full time and go to school full time to become a licensed massage therapist. After graduating and receiving my license, I continued my education with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to be a certified personal trainer and also to be certified as a corrective exercise specialist. This provided me with everything I needed to know to start helping people with everything I envisioned. I was ready to start my career in health and wellness.


Julie has been practicing yoga for the last 20 years, but decided to deepen her practice in 2020. In 2021 she received her 200 hour RYT. 

Julie specializes in gentle, chair, hatha, and all levels hatha yoga. She also received an extra 100 hours in meditation and leads meditative sound baths incorporating different healing instruments. She also has 32 hours in trauma yoga for kids 3-18. 

Julie also received her personal training certificate through Nasm in 2020 and started teaching small group training classes on zoom due to the pandemic. She also received her group step certification and lead online step classes.

She created a cardio hip-hop step program that includes step, dance, mixed martial arts, and weights. Julie is also a certified holistic nutritionist and has worked with several men, women, and families educating them on proper nutrition and teaching them how to cook healthy meals at home.

For personal training, contact Julie at 630-777-9715 or email Jchurchie28@gmail.com.


Stephanie Mattson (Subtly Stephanie Yoga) discovered her love of yoga in her early 20’s and realized her need for yoga in her late 30’s. Yoga has helped Stephanie realize her best self, allowing for deep healing, mindfulness, strength, and flexibility both on and off the mat. Stephanie feels Yoga is the one “thing” you can do that supports and benefits the WHOLE person, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and THAT is her motivation!

Stephanie became a registered Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT200) through the Lotus Yoga Center in 2021. She feels that learning is never ending, and is always eager to learn and grow with each workshop, training, and experience with clients. Stephanie is grateful for the knowledge and personal growth she has gained and has enthusiastically jumped in to share the gift that is Yoga.

Stephanie outside of the studio is a mom of 2 teenagers, a substitute teacher, and a wife of 23+ years. She loves hanging out with family, snuggling with her fur babies, kayaking, cooking and eating, and time spent with her friends. She teaches her classes from an authentic place and holds an all inclusive, non judgmental space for her students to grow their whole selves, mind, body, and soul. Stephanie’s classes tend to be on the gentle side, allowing for plenty of practice expanding opportunities. Come check out Stephanie’s workshops and classes offered at Simplistic Holistics. She can’t wait to meet you and have you join the Yoga Community!



For most of the last 20 years I have worked in the real estate industry, working for Chicago Title and a few real estate attorneys.  I enjoy helping people and sharing what I have learned.

I enjoy receiving Reiki, a Japanese form of energy healing, and wanted to know how it worked.  In 2018 I decided to take a Reiki class.  After receiving my initial attunement, I wanted to know more.  The next year I received my practitioner certificate and began sharing my gifts with friends and family.  In 2021, it was time to get out and learn even more. I received my Reiki Master Practitioner certificate as well as an initiation to the Foundational Rites of the Munay-Ki, a Peruvian Shamanic practice.

While I still work remotely for a real estate attorney, continuing to help people buy and sell their properties, I want to help people on a more personal level.  Our lives are filled with so many stresses, illness, and lack of time for selfcare.  In less than an hour I can help you feel relaxed in a way you may not have experienced before.  When your body relaxes it can focus your energy on healing.

Reach out to me at Jen@RealAssistance.org or 847-521-9881 to learn more.  I am available evenings and weekends for in person or remote sessions.