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The Fermented Lady

Laurence Fourdrignier DO, ND

The Book Has Arrived!

Over 25 years of experience, 198 pages of recipes and advice

Lectins, the story in more detail

Lectins, the story in more detail

Lectins have 2 roles, an immune role and a food storage role.They are specific carbohydrate binding proteins known for their ability to agglutinate erythrocytes (red blood cells)...

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Wild garlic and walnut pesto

Wild garlic and walnut pesto

It is the wild garlic season! The best time to pick it is before the flowers come out. Wild garlic is unmissable thanks to its very distinctive garlic smell that fills the air...

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Wild Garlic season!

Wild Garlic season!

Fermented wild garlic: Wild garlic loves damp shady woodland areas near rivers. Pick the garlic before the flowers are out to get a maximum of flavour in the leaves. A very large...

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What is lactofermentation?

What is lactofermentation?

Lactofermentation is an age-old method of preservation that offers many health benefits. The process of lactofermentation relies on lactic acid forming bacteria to digest the...

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The Fermentation Larder

The Fermentation Larder

17 June 2023 - One Day Course at The School of Artisan Food  Join Laurence to delve more deeply into the benefits of fermentation. Exploring why we ferment, the economic...

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Osteopathy & Nutrition


New Patients

Initial consultation in osteopathy consists of a full case history taken, physical examination of the patient and physical treatment based on the diagnosis reached after examination.  Following your initial consultation, it is also possible to book for a nutritional consultation

Osteopathy new patient consultation
(1 hour)
Sheffield £75
Worksop £65



Treatments can be focussed on just mechanics, however, osteopathy can be used to support the body’s physiology in all its aspects, digestion, fertility etc…

Osteopathy follow-up treatment
30 Mins 45 Mins
Sheffield £55 £67
Worksop £50 £58



Following prior osteopathic examination, a dietary approach can then be tailored to the patient to specifically support the organs in need.

Nutritional consultation
(90 min)
Sheffield £100
Worksop £100


Book An Appointment

Further information and appointments can be made on the Practice Pages

Sheffield | Worksop

Osteopathy Training

Laurence can offer bespoke training in Visceral Osteopathy and Nutrition to groups or individuals.
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About Osteopathy


Osteopathy came from Dr Andrew Taylor Still, over a hundred years ago. He was a medical doctor and his vision of Osteopathy was based on working with physiology via manual therapy.


Visceral osteopathy is one of the tools of the osteopath. We look, assess and treat the whole body: the musculoskeletal system, the visceral system (all the internal organs), the fascial system, the cranial system, the fluid system (arteries and veins), the neurological system, looking at the physical biomechanical and neurological interactions.

The integration of all these systems is key. The body relies on pressure differentials in the various body cavities combined with the action of large fluid pumps such as the diaphragms to function. Combined with the various spinal curves, the whole system is designed as an efficient shock absorption system.

Self Healing

The body is a self healing mechanism, the osteopath puts the information in the body by affecting mobility of structures, stimulating neurology… the body alone does the healing. For example all your abdominal organs hang from the inside of your back, they are either suspended from it or stuck to it. Any congestion or mobility restriction of an organ will have a direct effect on the mobility of your back. This could then progress to a back injury, say if you tried to lift something heavy, simply because your back would be lacking the suppleness and flexibly on the side of the organ dysfunction.


Organs have a different pain innervation to your muscles. They do not give pain locally to the organ initially, instead they send the pain messages in other areas that have better pain innervation and that share the same nerve supply in terms of the spinal level, hence a Gallbladder problem is often initially felt as a right shoulder pain. If you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, you most certainly have low back ache, particularly more so after long standing and towards the end of the day, and this will be worse in relation to the amount of bloating experienced.


To stay healthy, the body needs freedom in all movements. Just like a car engine, if the parts start to stick together, your car will start to break down. And just like for the car, an MOT once or twice a year is a worthwhile investment.

From working with the mechanics of the organs, it then becomes important to also look at the nutrition of the organ in order to improve function and mainly to sustain improvement. This is where diet and nutrition becomes important, as is physical and psychological environment too: mind, body and spirit…


The recent developments on the microbiome have equally now clearly demonstrated what is known as the Gut-Brain Axis, the link between your gut microbiome and your mental health. none of the concepts are new but the science is finally catching up and proving the old theories. We therefore now understand better the damage we have done and are still doing through drugs, foods and environment. This is where lactofermentation becomes an important healing tool for the gut microbiome and for the whole body.

 Ferment Your Own

Laurence in her Kitchen

Hi, I’m Laurence

I came to England, from France, 30 years ago to train in osteopathy and then in naturopathy.

I teach Osteopathy at Post-graduate and Masters Level to Physiotherapists, Doctors and Osteopaths. I  also run educational fermentation workshops.

Being French, I love food! After years of sharing recipes with my patients, friends and family I have finally compiled my favourite recipes along with some simple explanations of the microbiome and fermentation.

These are recipes that I use every day, they are all gluten-free, mostly dairy free, heavily plant-based, full of pre and pro-biotics!

I am currently teaching on several internationally acclaimed programmes:

Visceral Lecturer: WSO, Vienna, Frankfurt – Undergraduate and Masters program.

Visceral and Nutrition Lecturer:  UK, France, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland

Naturopathic approach: Visceral Osteopathy, Nutrition and the Microbiome  –   International Post-graduate courses  –  Europe, UK.

Naturopathy/Nutrition course leader: at the CBO, Brussels

Lacto-fermentation workshop: Welbeck School of Artisan Food, Welbeck, and in the community

Talks and Workshops

Laurence often delivers locally run fermentation workshops and educational talks on health and the microbiome.

Courses in the community can be arranged and tailored to specific needs on demand.

Professional Training

Visceral or Nutrition courses can be tailor-made to suit previous experience/knowledge and length of the course desired. If you want to organise and have suitable facilities I’m happy to come to you, or you can see if your school can organise this.

If you want to arrange an event, course or workshop in your area
email Laurence to discuss.

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