About the Buttafly
Hi! My name is Louise James (Tilly to my friends) and I have designed the Buttafly for your health and well-being.
Quite simply, I am passionate about helping everyone find the key to unlocking their full potential through physical awareness. There is no doubt that unraveling the postural habits of a lifetime (almost no matter how old you are) can have a transformative effect on how you feel about yourself, the world and your place in it.
As a Chartered Physiotherapist I have more than 30 years’ experience as a body worker and on a personal level, have always enjoyed keeping fit and healthy – aerobics in the eighties gave way to running, hill-walking, squash, cycling, swimming and qi gong. But for all this, I have never been very supple. And so when I started Yoga in 2005, I was incredibly challenged by sitting cross-legged on the floor. Ironically, the Sanskrit name for this position translates to “easy pose” – but like so many, I struggled to get comfortable, constantly fidgeting, invariably slumping, finding it difficult to breathe into the belly and eventually, complaining of back ache. I tried sitting on a regular Yoga block but still I slouched and now had the added discomfort of the front edge of the block digging into the back of my thighs!
So with my background in anatomy, movement and ergonomics – as well as a gift for thinking outside the box – it was inevitable that I should seek to come up with a solution. The result is the Buttafly.
As a support for sitting on, it’s angled upper surface and contours are designed to provide the ideal position for the pelvis to rest in neutral with the body weight being taken through the sit bones as they are designed to and the indent at the back edge avoiding pressure on the tailbone.
The fluid curves and its wedged-shape also make for a supremely versatile prop for use in Yoga and Pilates – or any situation where support is required to help make a position or posture more comfortable.
Perhaps it most unique function, however, is as a device to off-load the spine in supine lying, providing an opportunity for the natural intelligence of the body to unwind in any which way it needs to – this is explained fully in the section Buttafly for Back Care.
Buttafly was given wings to fly at the OM Yoga Show in Manchester in 2015. Since then, it has achieved accolades from fellow physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists and practitioners of Yoga and meditation around the globe. It gives me great pleasure to know that my creation is helping people to have an improved experience of their Yoga and meditation practice, that it provides an invaluable tool for back care and for sitting balance exercises by people who face all kinds of physical challenges, including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and autism. This is a wonderful testament to my professional life and I am feel very blessed to walk this path and be of service.
The Buttafly comes in 3 models
The Standard Buttafly is the same height as a regular rectangular Yoga block – 5 cms high at the front edge. For sitting cross-legged on the floor, it is generally more suitable for those with greater flexibility of their hips. It is the most versatile model for use as a prop for Yoga and Pilates, and also the most commonly used model for back care.
The Tall Buttafly is 10 cms at the front edge, the same height as two regular Yoga blocks stacked together and also similar in height to a bolster. Generally speaking, it is more comfortable for those who are not so flexible in the hips – meaning that in the cross-legged position their knees are higher than the hips when ideally they should be at the same height as the hips or slightly lower.
The EASIER you make it for the body to sit comfortably in cross-legged position, the better. When the body is comfortable, the nervous system relaxes and this has a profound effect on every aspect of our being, releasing tension and re-establishing optimal alignment with little or no perceived effort from yourself.
Sitting on blocks almost higher than you might think you need can really help the body to relax and and open so that with in no time at all you can then sit on a lower support comfortably and with good posture too.
“I have just received my Buttafly – it is simply wonderful! I started practicing Yoga when I was 26, I am 71 now and have a hip replacement.
The lotus position was never easy for me. On the Buttafly, I am sitting better than I ever remember doing and I can’t thank you enough!”
“Initially I was a little skeptical about the potential benefits of the Buttafly and so it was to my great surprise that I was able to experience a sense of space at the base of the spine… It provided an openness and lightness in the sitting position. I have already put in my order and shall not hesitate to recommend this product to others.”
Val Goodier, Poole
“I love to sit for meditation, and am generally a floor dweller whenever possible. However as I have gotten older it’s more and more difficult to be comfortable for long. So, when I settled onto the Buttafly for the first time, I was amazed and delighted at how incredibly comfortable I felt – and continued to feel afterwards – light and balanced and effortless.”
Jane Bennett, Melbourne