Buttafly - a versatile
seat and prop for
Yoga and Pilates
The fluid curves of Buttafly and its wedged-shape 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.
Standing side-on, any of the 3 models of Buttafly can be used as a cradle to support ankles, wrists, the backs of knees – and even the forehead as in Child’s Pose.
Here in Savasana, a Flat Buttafly and a Standard Buttafly are being used to offer support under the ankles. This contact around the back of the ankles feels supportive and comfortable and can help people for the simple reason that contact in this way mimics early maternal touch. After bath time, following nappy change or during play, it is very natural for a mother to hold around her baby’s ankles and jiggle the legs.
Positioning the ankles like this can soothe the nervous system and help people switch off more easily – in some ways it is as if the body does not know how to stay alert and “wired” in this position!
For the same reason, support around the wrists can feel very comfortable and relaxing too.
It is also important to offer support in supine with the arms overhead when the shoulders are not flexible enough to allow the arms rest on the floor without causing unwanted movement in the spine. The trick in this position is to offer as much support as necessary, effectively bringing the floor up to meet the arms, so that the spine is not dragged into extension. You will know if this happens because the chest and and the front of the rib cage will be lifted up too.
Here, a Standard Buttafly is being used to support the forehead in Balasana (Child’s Pose) – much more comfortable than using a rectangular block.