In the retail nook at Windsong Massage & Therapies, there's a doggie stuffed animal that, when activated, rolls around on the floor and laughs. And, kinda like when someone yawns, you can't help but laugh along with it.

In the retail nook at Windsong Massage & Therapies, there's a doggie stuffed animal that, when activated, rolls around on the floor and laughs. And, kinda like when someone yawns, you can't help but laugh along with it.

That's just the kind of easygoing approach Windsong's owners, Joy Lawrence and Peace McElwee, take toward stress release and relaxation.

Sure, they're both serious massage therapists who specialize in holistic healing, yoga, reiki and psychic reading. But whether you're into those things yourself or you just want to unwind, the atmosphere is casual and fun.

The New Albany facility opened in March. It includes three massage rooms, a "diffusion" lounge and the retail component, which offers soy candles and loose-leaf tea alongside the laughing dog and lots of toys with a fairy theme.

Massage services and other therapies run the gamut. Lawrence is an ayurvedic massage therapist, which means her techniques are based in the traditional Eastern Indian approach to achieving balance.

"You still get the same effect," she said of ayurvedic techniques, "but a lot of my clients like them because they're a little bit different."

McElwee does a killer "headache buster" that's been said to tame migraines and offers "raindrop therapy," a massage that includes dropping nine different essential oils onto the spine.

The staff can customize their many services - like a half-hour foot massage, which is exactly the indulgence I was treated to. Lawrence's kansa vatki foot massage was an unexpected treat for start-of-summer feet.

A three-metal bowl - a palm-sized container made of copper, zinc and tin - is rubbed, curved side out, over all surfaces of the legs and feet. In combination with a coconut and anise oil, it slides over the skin but still provides friction and feels especially energizing on the arch of the foot.

The result: a bounce in my step for the rest of the day.