The Buttafly Technique

For Back Pain Relief, Posture Correction and Greater Vitality

A Revolutionary Approach to Back Pain

What would it mean for you to be able to lead a happy, healthy life by virtue of a healthy spine?

For many people, the "spine" has become synonymous with "back pain," creating a detrimental diversion away from any understanding of the spine as an instrument of health.

At the same time, the global burden of back pain continues to rise. Millions are suffering worldwide, in silence, with no clue as to how to help themselves, and living in fear of their prognosis.

In 2020, low back pain affected 619 million people globally, making it the single leading cause of disability worldwide. Ref:

Compelling, too, is the fact that in the last two decades, nearly 10,000 papers have been published on low back pain and physical activity alone. Ref:

Yet despite extensive research in all areas of low back pain, the prevalence of low back pain and the average number of years people live with disability is little changed.

A fresh approach is desperately needed.

With Buttafly, I offer a paradigm shift that provides a holistic approach to the assessment and "diagnosis" of back pain, education on emotional root cause and sustainable, practical solutions.

Loulou James
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Attain and maintain a healthy spine for life with the Buttafly Technique.

“In working with such clients, the Buttafly Technique has proven more consistently effective than anything I used in my 30-year career as a physio. As well as providing pain relief, it gives them an invaluable sense of hope and something positive they can do for themselves, as and when they need it.

Further, anecdotal evidence shows that the Technique reduces chronicity and the incidence of recurrent episodes.”

— Loulou James, the designer of the Buttafly


What is the Buttafly Technique?

The Buttafly is precisely placed in supine lying so that the sacrum - the triangular bone at the base of the spine - and the tailbone rest in the indent of the Buttafly, effectively suspending the base of the spine.

This position facilitates a natural release and realignment of the spine, orchestrated by the wisdom in your body and brings your whole being back into balance.

The Buttafly Technique differs from a hands-on treatment in which the spine is mobilised or manipulated from the outside. Instead, the spine reorganises itself in a way that is in harmony with the rest of the body.

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The Buttafly Effect

In many cases, the benefits of the Buttafly Technique are far greater than could be imagined for such a ‘low level’ of intervention – hence our use of the term the Buttafly Effect.

This is because the Technique impacts not only the structure of the spine itself but also the craniosacral and nervous systems that run through the spinal canal. These are the principle governing systems of the body and supporting them in this way promotes deep relaxation and healing from the inside.

Regular use of the Buttafly offers both symptom relief and preventative care.

The Technique can be used for daily self-care of the spine in much the same way as one uses a toothbrush to clean the teeth and promote long-term oral health.

The Buttafly Technique is also available as a treatment by practitioners who have completed the required training.

Benefits of the Buttafly Technique

Every thought, action and emotion disturbs the natural alignment of your spine.

Under normal circumstances, your body's inherent wisdom takes charge, orchestrating self-regulating processes that ensure internal stability while adapting to external changes. This innate ability, known as homeostasis, is a testament to your body's resilience and adaptability.

However, when the body is overwhelmed and struggles to cope with life's demands, it can affect the spine's alignment and 'default' habitual posture. This doesn't always lead to back pain, but it shows that the body needs support.

The Buttafly Technique is a powerful tool that supports the wisdom in the body, bringing the spine back into optimal alignment and alleviating the associated symptoms, offering a beacon of hope and reassurance:

  • Effortless good posture
  • Back pain relief
  • Easier to relax
  • Improved mobility
  • Better balance
  • More restful sleep
  • Greater vitality
  • Mental clarity
  • Emotional resilience

The Buttafly Technique is a Proven Method for Back Pain Relief

The Buttafly Technique works well for:

  • Non-Specific Low Back Pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Postural mid and low back pain
  • Facet Joint Syndrome
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Chronic coccydynia e.g. following a fall
  • Following spinal surgery e.g. Discectomy
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Scoliosis and other conditions affecting body symmetry e.g. surgical scars
  • Men's Health including prostate conditions
  • Women's Health including pelvic floor weakness
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Frequently Asked Questions

No! Indeed, for the Technique to be effective you must feel comfortable, and be in an environment where you feel at ease and able to relax.

If you have back pain or sciatica already, the pain should not feel any worse.

In setting up the Buttafly Technique for yourself, you must follow the instructions given on the website. Please see How To Set Up The Buttafly Technique.

If you are working with a practitioner, they will help you to achieve this.

  • Hip pain/ arthritis of the hip/post-hip replacement
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Women’s Health conditions including period pain, pregnancy, post-partum, and organ prolapse

The physical body is a  continuum, and every part of it is connected to every other part of the body in some way or another.

When you have pain anywhere in the body, it will always impact the spine.

Neck and shoulder pain will cause you to hold yourself stiffly – and if you can’t turn your head fully to reverse your car, somewhere else along the length of the spine will have to make up for the shortfall.

A limp will affect the realignment of the whole body even when there is no pain attached to it. Think of what it’s like to walk when you have a stone in your shoe!

The Buttafly and this exciting development for the treatment of back pain has been developed by Loulou James, MCSP (Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy), an intuitive and experienced Spinal Health Specialist with 30 years of clinical experience as a physiotherapist in the NHS, the military, and private practice.

It’s how Loulou cured her back problems after fracturing her spine in a roller-blading accident. Since then, she’s gone on to use it with the majority of her clients and finds that everyone feels the benefit.

To discover more about the development of the Buttafly Technique, click here.

For full instructions and a downloadable handout, please click here.

These instructions must be followed for your safety and ultimately your success in treating yourself with the Buttafly Technique.

"The body has a deep intelligence and the capacity to bring itself back into balance. That said, we rarely, if at all, consider how this applies to the spine and posture. But it does, and the Buttafly Technique harnesses it beautifully.”

— Loulou James, MCSP
Spinal Health Specialist with 30 years of physiotherapy experience and creator of the Buttafly.

Hear What Our Customers Have To Say

“I find as a keyboard-based worker that my back often gets achy towards the end of the day, and that’s how it was when I went to see Loulou and check out the Buttafly.

After a quick look at me in standing, she soon had me lying on the floor with the Buttafly positioned in a comfortable position so that my back was tilted up away from the floor.

I laid there for around four minutes but even within a minute or so I could start to feel my back settling into a more comfortable profile, and the tension easing. It was amazing how quickly I could feel the difference as my body adjusted deeply to the new alignment.

After the Buttafly was taken away I laid back flat on the floor and could feel how much my shape had changed. It was even more obvious when I stood up, as you can see from the photos. It’s amazing how having the right support can adjust your posture.”

— Rob D., Hampshire


"It was amazing how quickly I could feel the difference!"

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“The Buttafly has been a life-changer. I’ve had chronic back pain and sciatica for almost 30 years now. I’ve been to physiotherapists, chiropractors, and osteopaths – all have helped in their own but nothing has really resolved the problem. But I’ve recently discovered the Buttafly and it’s been an absolute revelation to me.”

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David, a retired psychologist, came with a history of back pain and sciatica. Six weeks earlier, he had spinal surgery (discectomy) initially with a positive outcome. After a long drive, his sciatica recurred, and he turned to the Buttafly Technique.

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Ashton, a newly-graduated Sports Science suffers from back pain and sciatica. Hear how the Buttafly Technique has helped her manage her symptoms.

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Yoga and Pilates Teacher Tracey Mellor is “blown away” when trying the Buttafly Technique for the first time.

Practitioner Training

Are you a licensed body worker or registered exercise professional?

Are you keen to explore new ways to support your clients?

The Buttafly Effect refers to the release of the spine that occurs as a direct result of careful positioning the Buttafly block in supine lying.

With proper application, the Buttafly Technique is effective in providing relief from back pain and associated symptoms.

We invite you to learn how to incorporate this outstanding new technique accredited by the Complementary Medical Association into your work for the benefit of your clients.