Well, my labor and contractions were nearly non-existent until transition hit, but I liked sitting on the labor ball, concentrating on breathing, and having dh apply pressure to my back.
When I started to get uncomfortable, I got into the shower and that relaxed me SO much! I remember telling dh that I couldn't even feel the contractions anymore, then transition hit.
During transition, it helped me to have dh remind me to relax every part of my body (in which he'd start at my neck, and work down). Then he'd remind me to breathe deeply and would then go into my visual imagery (which is the technique I just KNEW wouldn't work for me
) But anyway, my image was of floating on my back in the ocean while we were honeymooning in Mexico. He described the water rushing over my body, the warmth of the sun. And, I imagined the rushing of the water as the contraction going through my body.
We also took Bradley classes, and they were great! In the workbook, there is a page that describes what mood/actions are typical for a woman in each stage of labor - THAT helped my dh know how to best handle me and now, looking back at those pages - I really see so many things that I did.