“I have been aware of the Buttafly for some time but never felt that I needed one. However, a long standing psoas injury forced me to rethink my yoga and meditation practice and I realised that my posture left a lot to be desired so I eventually decided to buy a Buttafly. The customer service I received from Louise has truly been second to none, she took lots of time to discuss my psoas issues and it turned out that not only is the Buttafly a perfect meditation seat but it can also work true magic when used to bring the body into a very slight inversion, in my case helping my psoas muscle to heal. I use my Buttafly every single day and it has made a huge difference to my life. I also sing its praises to my yoga students, just because it’s such a transformative prop. A great product that was clearly developed with the aim of improving people’s lives – thank you, Louise!”
This testimonial highlights the benefits of using the primary lying posture with Buttafly for psoas problems, as shown here with a spine.
The key to this practice is that the position allows the psoas muscle (along with the other muscles and connection tissue it attaches to) to come into their full length and breadth. A spaciousness is afforded to these deep tissues that connect the spine to the lower limb allowing them to expand and “breathe”, this open-ness facilitating improved circulation and a flushing out of toxins.
The psoas and related tissues are generally either:
- in a state of contraction i.e. action, including standing and walking – there is a postural element to psoas
- resting in a shortened position e.g. constructive rest position, side lying foetal-like
- stretched such as in a lunge position or the back leg when walking
Rarely does psoas get to the opportunity to relax and chill out. So the next time you are feeling a bit wound up from a long day at the office, try lying over a Standard or a Tall Buttafly, placed low down under the pelvis, off-loading the sacrum and offering the gentlest of inversions.
You want to ensure that the pelvis is resting in neutral and is not being pulled into an anterior pelvic tilt, nor dropping back in a posterior pelvic tilt.
If there is any discomfort in this position, place a cushion or rolled up blanket under the heels to bring the ankles up to the same height as the hips. Don’t lie there feeling any kind of stretch – this is not the idea and the greater the feeling of ease, the greater the benefits. After a few minutes, remove the Buttafly, rest down in unsupported supine and allow the realignment that has just taken place to integrate into the body at a deeper level.
When it is time to get up, roll onto your side and push up using your hands as you do not want to use your abdominal muscles to sit yourself up after doing this.