Tilly Louise James


Hi! I’m Louise James (Tilly to my friends) and I have designed the Buttafly for your health and well-being.

Quite simply, I am passionate about helping everyone find the key to unlocking their full potential through physical awareness and believe that unraveling our postural habits can have a transformative effect on how we feel about ourselves, the world and our place in it.

I have more than 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Physiotherapist and have always enjoyed keeping fit and healthy – running, cycling, swimming, squash etc. But for all this, I have never been very supple and so when I started Yoga in 2005, I was incredibly challenged by sitting cross-legged on the floor. Ironically, the Sanskrit name for this position translates to “easy pose” but like so many, I struggled to get comfortable or sit well, and mostly found myself slumping, making it difficult to breathe properly and causing my back to ache. Sitting on a regular Yoga block didn’t help either – still I slouched!

So with my background in anatomy and ergonomics I set about designing a solution. The result is the Buttafly. It’s angled upper surface and contours are designed to provide the ideal position for the pelvis to rest in neutral with the body weight being taken through the sit bones as they are designed to and the indent at the back edge avoiding pressure on the tailbone.

The fluid curves and its wedged-shape also 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.

Perhaps it most unique function, however, is as a device to off-load the spine in supine lying, providing an opportunity for the body to unwind – this is explained fully in the section Buttafly for Back Care.

Buttafly has achieved accolades from fellow physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, craniosacral therapists and practitioners of Yoga and meditation around the globe. and is proving to be an invaluable tool for back care and for sitting balance exercises by people who face all kinds of physical challenges, including Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Sit well, feel well, be well!

TillyLou x