About the Buttafly
Hi! I’m TillyLou James and quite simply, I’m passionate about empowering people to reach their full potential in life.
I believe that becoming aware of physical sensations in our body can be a powerful way to connect with a deeper sense of self and that this is fundamental to realising all that life has to offer and all we have to offer life.
I trained as a Physiotherapist in the 80s, long ago gave up on the allopathic approach of Western medicine, have studied acupuncture, Maya medicine, the Buteyko technique, Emotional Freedom Technique & Matrix Re-imprinting and META Health. I’m a qualified Nordic Walking instructor, Infant Massage facilitator and Yoga teacher – read here lifelong student!
Five years ago I designed the Buttafly as a seat for sitting cross legged on the floor for Yoga and meditation, with the aim of making this position more accessible, more comfortable and ultimately more beneficial.
What initially I conceived to be a secondary gain of the design – lying in supine with the Buttafly carefully positioned to off-load the sacrum – has almost taken precedence, as people from all walks of life attest to the benefits and photographs clearly show that the off-loading coupled with a gentle inversion facilitates an unwinding of the spine according to the natural intelligence of the body.
As a hands-on, old-school Physio, trained in the days when massage was a key skill, it goes against my core beliefs, if I’m honest, the idea that we can lie down on a device and magic will happen. It smacks of our material world, does it not? Where is the power of human touch? But the obvious physical changes, the spontaneous tears of many who try it and the countless positive testimonials leave me little choice but to accept with grace and humility, that I have designed something rather special.
Whether you are here to find out how the Buttafly can help you with Yoga or back care, or both, welcome! It’s great to see you here – and if after looking around, you want to know more, please feel free to send me an email.
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.
Sitting on blocks almost higher than you might think you need can really help the body to relax 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