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Transitional Therapy and Exercise Programs

About Us

The University of Michigan Health System’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) provides a variety of classes and services promoting better health and fitness for both our patients and the general population.   We offer more than 20 medically based exercise classes and programs taught by degreed and/or certified professionals to assist participants achieve the following benefits:

Our Facility


All classes and programs are offered at the following location:

Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
325 East Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Suite 11: PM&R Pilates and Movement Studio – location for Private lessons and Reformer classes
Suite 12: PM&R Transition Training Studio – Personal Training and various classes (Bariatrics).
Suite 200 (2nd floor): PM&R Physical & Occupational Therapy – Pilates Mat Classes

Registration and Information

Detailed information (fees, schedules, etc.) on classes and services can be found below with each attached brochure.  Simply click on the pdf to open an updated brochure.  All participants must register prior to attending a class. In some cases you may be required to receive exercise clearance from your physician prior to participation.

If you do not find the answer to your question in any of the brochures, please do not hesitate to contact Britt Michel, PM&R Director of Transitional Therapy at

Transitions Exercise Studio - Membership

transitions studio

The Transitions Studio is a medically based fitness studio that provides an enjoyable exercise environment for you to exercise whether you’re transitioning from therapy or looking for a safe environment to start. The Transitions Studio Staff members are highly trained health care professionals that are friendly and available to answer any of your questions. Our mission is to provide an inviting environment while making you feel comfortable and confident in establishing safe and effective exercise habits.

See brochure for details (PDF)

Weight Management Bariatric (WMB) Conditioning Program


More, now than ever, medical and health professionals are encouraging exercise for overweight patients in an effort to reverse the health and functional risks associated with obesity.  If you’re looking to lose significant weight or you are preparing for bariatric surgery or have had surgery, you can benefit greatly by starting an exercise program under the supervision of a qualified Exercise Specialist.  Whether you’re an individual with little to no exercise experience, lack   motivation, or simply need continuous support and  encouragement, then our WMB Conditioning Program may be right for you!

See brochures for details (PDF)

Older Adults

Functional Fitness for Older Adults

This class was developed for 65+ year old individuals interested in improving their fitness level, function, strength balance, posture, and overall well-being. Participants attend 2 days per week for 8 weeks. Participants will be oriented to strength & cardiovascular equipment and exercises to improve posture, balance and flexibility.

See brochure for details (PDF)



Pilates - What is it? It has become a very effective way to shape up, slim down and feel great while reinforcing healthy postures and breathing techniques.  It is a contemporary approach to the mind-body exercise that German athlete Joseph Pilates developed in the 1920’s.  An emphasis on movement quality, posture and breathing makes Pilates a safe and effective workout.  Our highly credentialed and experienced instructors make every effort to accommodate those with physical limitations through modifications of movement patterns and levels of intensity.  Once the secret of dancers and athletes, it is now recommended by physicians, physical and occupational therapists and personal trainers.

All classes and private lessons are held at 325 East Eisenhower in Ann Arbor in UMHS Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  A private lesson is required before taking a pilates class.   See attached brochures for our pilates instructors contact information and how to register through MHealthy.

See below brochures for details.

Personal Training

Older Adults

In an effort to enhance the continuity of care for our patients we offer Personal Training at our facility.  The medical community continues to encourage exercise in an effort to manage the many disabling health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle.  Patients and clients with various health concerns can benefit by working with a qualified personal trainer to assist with their health and fitness goals.  Whether you’re an individual recovering from surgery, injury or illness, have limited exercise experience or simply lack motivation and need a plan to fit your lifestyle, a personal trainer might be right for you!

See brochure for details (PDF)



Our yoga classes focus on the foundational principles and exercises based primarily from Hatha yoga.  Our classes are ideal for the person who possesses little to no yoga experience, has been recently discharged from physical therapy or simply getting back to an exercise program. 

See brochure for details (PDF)