It’s the time of year to celebrate many things, and many people sit on the floor to open presents.

This can be difficult on the back, hips and rear-end, but luckily, there is always a fitness move or stretch to remedy the worst of aches and pains.

Our move today is a butterfly sitting pose. No moving here, only holding a pose for a few counts at a time to release the inner thighs, back pressure and open up the hips.

All you need for this pose is a small area on the floor to have a seat.

Begin by sitting on your rear end, holding your chest tall, and engaging your abdominals. Proceed to drop both knees to the outsides of your body, and push the soles of your feet together. Proceed to pull your feet inward to your hip area, bending in the knees and pushing them farther to the outside.

Your range of motion for this pose depends on your flexibility. The closer you can pull your feet in, and the lower your knees can go to the floor, the more beneficial this pose will be.

So, find your deepest point, and proceed to gently press down on the knees for added resistance, and take a few deep breaths. After a couple deep breaths, you may find that your muscles will release, and your hips will open a little more. If not, simply proceed to hold your position for a determined count or length of time. Shoot for at least two counts of eight, or possibly 20 to 30 seconds.

If you choose, you can even position yourself in this pose during your gift wrapping sessions, killing two birds with one stone.

This butterfly pose will be the best gift to your body during all of your festivities.

Marlo Alleva, a group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gill YMCA in Lakeland, Florida, can be reached at faluvzpa@ msn.com.