Kinesiologist pursues passion for movement in Collingwood

Collingwood locals: Victoria Galletta, kinesiologist and owner of Pure Movement

A local kinesiologist emerged from behind a desk and jumped into a pool to follow her dreams.

For this week’s edition of People of Collingwood, we spoke with Victoria Galletta, 30, kinesiologist and owner of Pure Movement.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Guelph.

I moved to Collingwood about six years ago.

I went to high school in Guelph. I also attended the University of Guelph and lived at home. I took human kinetics while I was there.

After graduating, I took a year off and worked in an office. I realized that I didn’t want to sit at a desk all day. I wanted to be a little more active.

I found a program at Humber College; it was a graduate certificate in exercise science and lifestyle management.

Then I decided to move to Collingwood. My partner lives here. I found a job in a clinic as a kinesiologist.

After about three years there, I decided to go out on my own.

Q: Did you always know you wanted to explore this area?

A: I really enjoyed my high school kinesiology class. When deciding where to go and what to do, it was between kinesiology and business.

I liked business. I wish I had done this when I was underage. (laughs) I didn’t really know where life was going to take me at that point.

I have always been an active child. I played football and danced.

I was able to find a job where I could continue this by being active.

Q: Can you tell me a bit about your current job?

I now own Pure Movement. It is a kinesiology-based company with a clinical focus on aquatic therapy. I work with clients in the water.

It’s a great environment for people. You are almost 100% weightless in the water. This allows you to move your joints a little easier.

I have clients who have difficulty walking on land, maybe they use a walker or a wheelchair, but once they are in the pool they can get up and walk.

Q: To what extent is this service specifically needed in Collingwood?

A: It is very necessary. Right now I may be one of the few who do.

It is a good alternative to land exercise.

I work a lot with veterans injured in service, because they have 100% coverage for kinesiology.

Sometimes with mental health issues, being in a public place can be difficult. Having someone with them is helpful.

I also work with road accident clients. For example, I have been working for three or four years with a client who had a car accident. He had several fractures and underwent several surgeries.

He liked being in the water to prepare for these surgeries. Afterwards, he was told by surgeons that he was well ahead of where they thought he would be recovering.

Q: Do you have any other hobbies or interests you would like to talk about?

A: The reason I love Collingwood so much is because I have the mountains nearby for hiking. I’m just learning to ski.

I like to be near water. Last night I paddled.

Having the trail system in Collingwood is amazing. You can pretty much go anywhere using these trails.

Another hobby I started when I moved here is doing aerial silks through the Collingwood Circus Club. It’s so much fun. I feel like a child again.

Q: Is there anything else you would like the people of Collingwood to know about you?

A: Everyone has been so welcoming. Everyone I’ve met has been wonderful. I love the community and the people here.

For our People of Collingwood feature, we’ll speak with interesting people who are part of, or contribute to, the Collingwood community in some way, letting them tell their own stories in their own words. This feature will work on CollingwoodToday every weekend. If you would like to nominate or suggest someone to be featured in People of Collingwood, email [email protected]