Welcome to the world of the Buttafly, where we connect you with the wisdom in the body to care for your spine and optimise your well-being.
Important Information Before You Get Started
The Buttafly Technique should be comfortable. If you are in pain already, the pain should not worsen.
When the Buttafly is placed in the correct position with the right amount of support under the knees, the low back should feel neutral, i.e. neither arching away from the floor nor slumping towards it.
Once in position, if you find it uncomfortable where the Buttafly presses into the buttocks, lay a thin folded blanket or towel over the Buttafly to soften the edge.
If you experience any new back or neck pain, pins and needles, numbness, or tingling during the Technique, please come out of position according to Step 3 and rest and move intuitively to settle your symptoms. If this happens more than once, we recommend either booking a consultation with Loulou James, a registered Buttafly Technique practitioner, or your regular healthcare provider.
The Buttafly Technique promotes healing from the inside, demonstrating our innate capacity for self-healing. As such, it may leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated, or bring up all sorts of feelings and emotions. Listen to your body.
What You Will Need
- Standard Buttafly
- A yoga mat or folded blanket for lying on the floor
- One or two pillows for under your knees
- Pillows or folded blanket for under your head
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid tight trousers, jeans, and belts. Empty your back pockets!
For best results, you should feel comfortable and safe during the treatment and be able to relax fully. If possible, switch off your phone and make sure you won’t be disturbed.
How long and how often?
We recommend doing the Buttafly Technique at least once a day for between 5 -30 minutes. There’s no prescribed length of time – experiment to find out what works best for you.
Do not use the Buttafly Technique for the first time if you are suffering from any of the following conditions unless under the guidance of a healthcare professional:
- Acute back injury
- Very high blood pressure
- Recent stroke, intracranial haemorrhage, or aneurysm
- Recent head injury or other condition where there is increased fluid pressure in the head
- Spinal instability or fracture
- Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis or other inflammatory condition
- Spinal Cord Compression
- The first trimester of pregnancy
Placement of the Buttafly
- Use the Buttafly logo side up;
- Position it so the high side of the Buttafly is towards the feet;
- Ensure that the low back, sacrum, and tailbone are free of direct pressure.
Step 1: Settling
Lay down on your back, if possible, with your legs extended. Have your arms wherever comfortable – you may like a pillow under your elbows if resting your hands on your belly.
Take a moment to relax and notice how your body feels on the floor.
If you are uncomfortable and would like to bend your knees, please feel free to do so. Support them with pillows. Use at least one or, more likely, two pillows. It is essential that your legs fully relax.
Your neck should be nice and long, with your chin resting towards your throat. There’s no need to force a double chin though and use a small pillow for comfort if required.
Whatever support you need at this point will likely change once the Buttafly is in position or at some point during the Technique. The spine releases along its whole length.
When you are new to doing the Buttafly Technique, we strongly recommend taking this time to settle – it will help you develop an awareness of the changes that occur in your back and throughout your body.
Step 2: Placement of the Buttafly
Place one or two pillows under your knees if you haven’t done so.
Pick up the Buttafly with the high side towards the feet, and hold it in one hand so you can read the logo.
Then one by one bend your knees up. Push through your feet to lift your bottom and come into a bridge position. Always thread the Buttafly under the thighs and slide up to underneath the lower half of your buttocks. Do not place it under the low back and slide it down.
Then lower your buttocks. Make sure that the base of the spine, the sacrum, and the tailbone rest freely in the indent of the Buttafly. Feel that the buttock flesh is evenly distributed.
Straighten one leg and then the other.
Step 3: Bring awareness to your low back
Does it feel in a neutral position?
If the low back feels like it is being pulled into an over-arched position, either:
- The Buttafly is positioned too high so that the sacrum is resting ON IT instead of floating in the indent. When doing the Buttafly Technique for the first time, most people place the Buttafly too high. Try moving the Buttafly down one millimetre at a time until your low back feels neutral.
- If you are confident that the Buttafly is in the right place, but still feel the low back is being pulled into an over-arch, this means that you need more support under your knees. Some people enjoy the feeling of a gentle stretch however, we recommend that you use as many pillows as necessary so that there is no stretch at all.
If the low back feels like it is slumping toward the floor:
- Move the Buttafly up one millimetre at a time until it feels in the natural or neutral position. A tiny amount makes all the difference.
- Check how it feels with less support under the knees – you may need just one pillow.
Be confident to make as many small adjustments to the position of the Buttafly as needed to find the ‘sweet spot’ where it feels just right.
Remember, the Buttafly Technique should be comfortable. If you are in pain already, the pain should not worsen.
Adjust any support under your neck as often as required throughout the Technique for comfort.
Step 4: Coming out of position
Stay in position for as long as feels right – this may be 5, 10, or even 20 minutes. With repeated use, you will come to know what is right for you. Likely, it will vary each time.
When you are ready to come out of position, bend your knees one by one by sliding your feet on the floor, lift your bottom, and remove the Buttafly.
Lower your bottom and one by one, extend your legs, either keeping the pillows under your knees or gently pushing them to one side with your feet. Avoid jerking the legs.
Step 5: Rest and Heal
Let your body rest for at least 5 minutes. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!
It is an essential part of the healing process.
Take the time to notice how you feel and let yourself move in any way that feels right for you while still lying down. You may wish to roll onto your side, or your tummy.
When you are ready to get up, roll onto your side and spend a moment or two there. Then use your hands to push yourself into sitting.
Do not use your tummy muscles to sit up.
Drink some water.
You may find it helpful to record how you feel after the treatment, to build up a picture of your experience.
Would You Like Some Help?
If you’re not feeling confident about whether you’re doing the Buttafly Technique correctly or are not getting the desired results, we recommend you book a consultation with me (available in person or online) or with one of our registered Buttafly Technique practitioners here in the UK.
If the Buttafly Technique is not helping you, it does not mean it is not right for you.
The Technique has developed over the last 8 years of working with many others along with my own experiences. There are subtleties and nuances that can make a world of difference.
The Buttafly Technique supports the wisdom in the body, the intelligence that organises our entire physical existence, and the mood and attitude one brings to the practice of it is inseparable from the results. Please do not struggle.