Copyright by Richard F. Wheeler, 25 May, 2007

Richard Wheeler originally designed the Butterfly Bed to support people receiving the system of body manipulation and education known as Rolfing®, or Structural Integration.

Richard has found that the body's natural curves transform most easily and pleasurably when they are supported by appropriately shaped surfaces.

The Butterfly Bed's unique, firm contours support a yogic variety of different positions and purposes. 

  The body's reflex and tensioning system can relax only when it receives the correct support. 

Variable height and slant adds to the possible applications for the Butterfly Bed. 

Therapeutic Applications include Massage and Bodywork Treatments, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Osteopathy, Stress and Pain Relief,  Acupuncture and Acupressure

Activity Support possibilities include Yoga, Exercise,

Dance Training, Deep Relaxation, Reclined Reading, Naps, Psychological Therapies, Intimate Encounters and Erotic Pursuits...

Other Purposes for Richard’s design concept include Art Furniture, Day Bed, Chaise Lounge and Garden or Outdoor Furniture.  Several portable versions are in the design stage.

Richard is an Advanced Rolfing® practitioner, student of Dr. Ida P. Rolf and Mentor with the Rolf Institute with 36 years experience in private practice. 

Richard is also an Artist, Musician & Published Researcher.  Click here to visit Richard’s web site.WheelerWhirled.html

Here are a series of images using a plastic anatomical model to show how the Butterfly Bed’s unique design supports the curves of the human body’s axial core, from the skull’s occiput to the ‘sitting bones’, or ischial tuberosities of the pelvis.


Many standing & leaning positions can be supported.  The Butterfly Bed supports yoga positions and can function as a ballet barre.  

The Butterfly Bed can be used to relieve chronic stress from postural problems such as scoliosis and kyphosis.

When the lumbar spine is placed on the top of the curve, the torso, pelvis & legs are all on downhill  sides of the curve.  Gravity alone is sufficient to comfortably stretch and decompress the low back. 

Children love to play, explore, lounge and lay all over the Butterfly Bed

The curve is holding his chest up.  For bodyworkers this means that the myofascial tissues are prestretched and will change readily and rapidly in response to manipulation strategies.

Hand holds can be used to pull shoulders down and provide support for seated backwork.  Imagine a bodyworker standing on the table with access to the client’s back. 

The Butterfly Bed facilitates access to the frontal portions and mid-line of the thighs, pelvis, hips and torso.  The extensors are stretched and the flexors are relaxed. 

The Butterfly Bed gives unique access to the posterior thighs, ischial tuberosities, pelvis and hips.