Acupressure is an ancient Chinese healing technique of applying pressure to specific points on the body. Studies have indicated its success in inducing labor, reducing labor pain, shortening labor, and increasing labor satisfaction. It is believed that these points, when stimulated, can improve blood flow and help to relax muscles. The most common points used in acupressure for labor are located in the lower back and hands. Many of these pressure points also stimulate oxytocin.