A feeling of self assurance arising from an appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities. When people first reach out to us, the the statement we hear most often is: "I don't have any confidence" The truth is, you do have the confidence within you, you just need to reinvigorate it to let it flourish. It honestly breaks our hearts to hear this BUT to see your confidence continuously grow throughout your pole journey, once you realise what your body and mind is capable of is just incredible. Hopefully some of these amazing Confidence Journeys Inspire you and give you butterflies too Empowerment The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life and claiming one's rights. Empowerment through the power of pole. When you first start Pole you will see pictures / videos of other pole dancers and look in awe, "I will never manage to do that"! Before you know it the tables have turned and you are the one accomplishing the beautiful move making it look effortless and feeling like the Powerful Goddess you are while doing it. This then crosses over to areas outside of the studio, once you start nourishing the power within you, it will continue to flourish and transform you into the most powerful version of you.
Embracing Your Uniquness
Accept willingly and enthusiastically being particularly remarkable, special, the only one of its kind. We are all unique in our own way, but no one is perfect. Everything about you is unique, its what makes you YOU! Your beautiful eyes, fingerprints, how you talk, smile, make people smile, laugh, dance, connect with people, learn, your gifts, talents and personality. We encourage you to embrace all your distinctive characteristics and not to compare yourself to others, they are not you. At Butterfly Studio our syllabus is not a one size fits all, we understand everybody is completely unique individual, learn in different ways and will conquer moves in a manner suited to their learning style and ability. This is why you will have your own completely unique experience and pole journey.
Rekindling Your Sparkle
It is so easy to get caught up in everyday life / working / studying / being a parent, sometimes you might find that you lose a bit of what makes you YOU, your inner essence, your sparkle. Spending some time with like minded people, who lift each other up and remind them just how incredible they are, is just what is needed to rekindle that inner sparkle and let it shine bright.
One of the main inspirations for naming Butterfly Studio was the symbolism of Transformation. We absolutely love seeing everyone's Confidence and Strength both physically and mentally transform as they progress through their own pole journey. Beginning as the often shy, un-confident caterpillar and emerging as the strong beautiful unique butterfly, that has the confidence, ability and power to fly through anything life throws at them. Did you know the very act of struggling against the cocoon walls pumped the blood and life into the butterfly's wings. The greater the struggle, the stronger and the more beautiful the wings would become. Without fighting that battle, the butterfly could never reach its potential. The butterfly actually NEEDED that struggle in order to take flight.
“My pole journey started because I was looking for something that was anything but the gym! I've never had the 'buzz' that everyone talks about after a good gym session. With pole though, I've cried with happiness after finally nailing the move I always thought was 'impossible'. I've felt elated when I've smashed out a new move the first time and left the studio on cloud nine after an amazing session! Even when I was just looking into pole classes, it made me nervous, I was really unfit and not confident in my body at all. But when I went onto the Butterfly Studio website, I ended up speaking to Jaime. She went through everything with me, listened to my fears, and helped put some of them to rest. I was still petrified the first class I turned up to, but Jaime made everything so much easier and made me feel at ease. The studio is now a safe haven, somewhere I can be me without an ounce of judgement. Everyone is so lovely and supportive of each other, always encouraging and celebrating with you. My only regret about pole is not starting sooner!” Thank you Sarah for such a lovely testimonial of your pole journey so far, we absolutely love having you as such a cherished part of the Butterfly Community. It has been amazing seeing your strength and confidence flourish 🥰
“After becoming a mother and suffering a bereavement, I had struggles with my mental health and had lost sight of myself. I decided on a whim to sign up for an intro to pole class as it had always been something I wanted to try but was never brave enough. Walking through the door for the first class was so nerve wracking, especially when I had to change in to shorts - I hadn't got my legs out in public for literally years! I left that class buzzing, and was hooked almost instantly. Pole quickly became the highlight of my week, and the spring in my step was soon noticeable by those around me. I've finally been able to stand up for myself, where I've always been quite meek, and while I'm still a larger woman, I'm no longer riddled with self loathing. My body can do amazing things, and continues to do so. Pole has simply become the best thing I've ever done for myself, and to say it has changed my life is no exaggeration. I chose this photo because 2 years ago, sharing a pic of my arse was so unlikely, it was laughable. Now I accost people on the street to show it off 😂😂❤️ Thanks Jaime and the crew - you run a dream studio ❤️❤️❤️” Thank you Claire for such a lovely testimonial of your pole journey so far, we absolutely love having you as such a cherished part of the Butterfly Community. It has been amazing seeing your strength and confidence flourish 🥰
“Pole Classes wasn’t something I ever thought I could do, but it’s now something I can’t do without! Pole to me means confidence and happiness. It means feeling comfortable in my own skin, and loving it. It means that I can take a step back from the pressures of life and just appreciate the beautiful, strong and graceful things our bodies can do. It means being proud of progress, and appreciating every little inch more I can lift myself, and every second more I can hold myself up or hold that move. What inspires me about pole is the community. Watching people grow and sharing in their successes. The never ending support from the teachers who give us the support and encouragement to keep going when we need it. The awesomeness, sassiness and strength displayed by them on and off the pole. My strength and confidence is increasing and I swear, no one will support you the way your pole community will.” Thank you Heidi for such a lovely testimonial of your pole journey so far, we absolutely love having you as such a cherished part of the Butterfly Community. It has been amazing seeing your strength and confidence flourish 🥰
"What a whirlwind since my first class. Shorts, T-shirt, TERRIFIED of showing any of my body, shorts was even adventurous for me, now look at me ... SO. MUCH. GROWTH! And I love it 🧡 you know you love pole when the main criteria you’re looking for in your next house is a perfect space to install your own pole 🤣 Having also not always lived in this area, it’s also been so lovely to meet new people and prove to myself that I’m capable of making friends in new places, even if I am a little shy and awkward. Pole really has boosted my confidence in so many ways and I’m forever grateful 💕 My advice for anyone even thinking about trying it, is just do it!! It’s scary trying new things but once you do, you just prove to yourself that you can do hard things, and doing so will spread positively into other areas of your life 🥰 Throwback to last years photoshoot with the fabulous Aerial Arts Photos" I love this 🥰 thank you so much for sharing, it sure has been a whirlwind and feels like you have been with us forever, it’s been incredible watching your transformation ❤️🔥❤️🔥❤️🔥
“Why did I start pole? A few years back I watched in awe as a former colleague twirled around a pole and got herself into all sorts of shapes and holds that looked seemingly impossible. I was really impressed but something held me back… what would other people think, I’m too old for that, I’m not flexible like her, I’m not strong enough, everyone will laugh at me, everyone will stare at me So, I put the idea to the back of my mind and continued with my life. Fast forward to the Spring of 2021 and I had fallen into the the trap of coasting through life, I had become a middle aged mum and had become invisible. Not sure why, but one day I woke up with a life is far too short and fragile to care what other people think moment and I messaged my former colleague and asked for more details about pole….. So my first pole class.. did anyone stare or laugh at me - no. Was I too old for pole? No. Was I strong and flexible enough, not to begin with, but that changed over time (ok, so I’m still working on the flexibility part 🙃). My husband recently commented on how strong my arms were when I showed him my butterfly hold, he was seriously impressed on what I have achieved. The biggest transformation is the self belief and self confidence pole has given me and it seeps into every day life; my outlook has changed, I no longer feel middle aged or invisible. I love me for me ❤️ Sure, I get raised eyebrows when people ask about the ‘pole kisses’ on my arms and legs but more often than not it’s always followed by “wow, good on you” and people are genuinely interested on what move/hold I’m working on. Another perk of pole is it’s very good at making me live in the moment. I can’t afford to worry about anything else when I’m upside down trying to unhook both feet off the pole! Active mindfulness 😂” . . . Thank you Clare for such a lovely testimonial of your pole journey so far, we absolutely love having you as such a cherished part of the Butterfly Community. It has been amazing seeing your strength and confidence flourish 🥰 🦋💞💫 #butterflystudiouk
Romanna's Pole Journey
“I first started pole 4 years ago, it’s been such a journey so far; Its impacted my life in many ways. I started not too long after I finished art school, I struggled to find and hold down a job.. I wasn’t sure where my life was going and I didn’t have much confidence in myself and my abilities. Butterfly Studio has helped me find myself and my passions again, its made me believe in myself and my talents. I’ve gained strength physically and mentally. As someone who struggles with mental health, the studio has been a safe place where I can take refuge. Even if I have a monkey mind, it helps me realise when I’m being unkind to myself and helps me to work on negative self talk. Butterfly Studio has empowered and embraced me when I’ve needed it the most. It’s shown me discipline, I don’t let myself get in my own way when I want to achieve something. It’s helped me have the courage to learn to be a yoga teacher myself. I’m so grateful to have Butterfly Studio in my life, all the pole tutors help to uplift me and inspire me to be the best version of myself, thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be myself and flourish 💗💗💗” Thank you Romanna for such a lovely testimonial of your pole journey so far, we absolutely love having you as such a cherished part of the Butterfly Community. It has been amazing seeing your strength and confidence flourish 🥰
Sam's Pole Journey
Pole was something I'd always wanted to try. What held me back was a complicated mix of lack of confidence in my body, fear of not being able and the stigma I thought might be implied if I did it. I spent years admiring the people who could do it and never thought I'd be good enough. Then I met an amazingly confident woman who became a good friend and she explained how she'd given it a go years earlier. After months of spying on the butterfly studio page from afar, I asked her to come with me. It was the best thing we could have ever done! At first I was worried about mixing with people who were superstars at poling but a beginners class helped ease those fears. When I first went to mixed classes, I couldn't believe how supportive everyone was! Levels of ability meant nothing when it came to smashing that move you wanted to do, even beginners ones! I remember being in awe, thinking no way could I pole in the tiny clothes the others were in, what if they laughed at me? Judged me? It's something I should never have even had to think of, not one person cares! In fact, the smaller and sexier the outfits I wore, the more they were complimented. There's nothing quite like going from a scared little caterpillar to an absolute glowing butterfly! Even after time off having a baby, and gaining weight and a lot more stretch marks, I knew I could come back to that safe, supportive space and re-gain the confidence that I once had and deserved! So here's me the first time in 2018 attempting to take my leg off the pole (which was around about the time I took to even not wearing a tshirt), to now, being much more skimpy and releasing my inner diva with confidence. Every single person deserves that feeling, we just have to take the leap and transform into the beautiful butterfly we are. ❤️
Tracy's Pole Journey
I had followed the Butterfly Studio facebook page for a while and was amazed at some of the positions the ladies that attends got in to, but I always thought I was too old and unfit for that kind of class. Until one day a competition went up on the Facebook page to win 4 beginner classes, I entered and was very shocked to win it, so thought I would give it a go. Well I didn’t really know what to expect with any class but enjoyed the 1st one finding my way around the pole and was excited to see what the next class involved. With every class I did not expect it to be so empowering with all the others in the class cheering me on. I found changes in myself outwith the class too, it showed me you can do anything you put your mind to with the right people cheering you on to reach your goals. My fitness has improved, my body shape and the way I carry myself too. Being part of Butterfly has helped the way I feel about myself, every time I leave class, I know its challenging but when you achieve poses that you didn't think you would be fit enough for, you walk out with a glow 🥰 If you have been wanting to get started, my advice is: don’t leave it too long that you regret it, as I wished I had started sooner.
Sarah's Pole Journey
What made me want to start Pole? As a mum of 3 boys, you don't always get a lot of 'you' time. Something that is... just for you. I wanted that and I wanted it to be something different. I have never been a lover of the gym, the monotony it can bring and I've NEVER had that 'after gym high' that everyone seems to talk about. So, I looked into alternative ways to exercise and that's when I came across Butterfly Studio and their love of all things pole! It scared and excited me all at the same time. I was really nervous about even thinking about it so I went onto the site to do a bit of research. That's when the chat popped up and I ended up talking with Jaime. I asked her a million and one questions, told her about my fears, my nerves and about my complicated mental health issues and she eased every single one of my concerns. She was so warm and spoke to me like we had all the time in the world. There was no pressure or pushing, it was 100% my decision to make. I have always been on the big side and very self-conscious about my body. So, this was very much out my comfort zone but I wanted something that would not only help strengthen my body physically but also mentally. To help me gain some confidence and break down the barriers I had mentally about my body. I can 110% say Butterfly Studio has given me that. When we get shown a move in class my instant reaction was always 'there is no way in hell I can do that!' But with the support of the staff and my ever-growing confidence, I am now in awe of what my body can do! I really didn't have a clue what to expect. Jaime had taken so much time to guide me through the whole process and what a class looks like, but until I was actually standing there in my first class, I still don't think I knew what to expect. I think I went into it thinking everyone will know what they're doing and I'll be the only one who doesn't, but Jaime guided me towards the Beginners only classes to start and that was amazing. We all started from scratch together and it definitely eased my worries! I didn't expect just how much warmth and support comes from, not only, the instructors but also the other members. They are all so encouraging, clap when you succeed, pick you up if you fall and are there to celebrate with you when you absolutely smash a move! There is no judgement whatsoever and I think that's one of the biggest hurdles people face. They worry about what other people are going to say about them wearing their leggings, shorts, pole outfits or cheeky pants but I promise you, they have nothing but nice things to say! The staff and members encourage and empower you, no matter what you choose to wear. Being part of Butterfly has 110% helped impact a positive direction in my life!It has shown me that I'm capable of things I never thought possible. It has shown me that I can step outside of my comfort zone and succeed at it. It continuously pushes my boundaries and strengthens me as I go. It's shown me I am strong, braver than I thought and that anything's possible!
Heidi's Pole Journey
I am so glad I went along albeit nervously to my first pole class it has improved my confidence in so many ways. Butterfly studio provides a safe place for you to feel comfortable being yourself and helps you to learn to appreciate your body for what it is and to see the incredible things it is capable of. I've always been a bit overweight and not always liked how I look and my body. Since beginning pole and learning so many m amazing things that I can do, despite being a bit overweight I've become so much more confident in myself, and whereas I'm not 100% happy (yet) I don't hate my body, and I don’t hate it anymore. I am now comfortable in polewear (it took a while) and just feel better about myself overall. Every time I succeed in performing a harder move, I have a sense of accomplishment. The feeling “I can do this and much more!” Drives you to you keep going and push forward. I have new confidence in myself, and not only physically. From the first time I climbed the pole and held the move to now I have loved every class and workshop and look forward to continuing to grow in confidence on and off the pole