I have always encouraged clients to try different forms of exercise. And Pilates has always been among these. I have known and know some truly great Pilates instructors. It is a serious form of exercise and movement. And the best instructors spend years learning this programming (ie. not a weekend). Pilates is based in fundamental human movement, which is something that I advocate as a prerequisite for any exercise program. Pilates, like yoga and aquatic exercise, is highly under utilized and adaptable to any fitness level.
And yes, many of my past clients who were post surgical intervention and some throughout their course of treatment, benefited from participation in Pilates. I do not teach Pilates as I feel more suited and committed to other forms of exercise. And strongly feel that you should follow your strengths and passions in order to acheive your fullest potential. I am very thankful to have great Pilates instructors in my network of fitness professionals for me to refer clients for intstruction.