Handrails, like good processes, are there to provide stability or support, and prevent injurious falls.
But the most elegant way to descend a staircase is to do so without needing the handrail; the hand lightly skimming it as you go, or if you’re really good, twirling a cane while you dance your way down.
Sometimes, its enough to know that the rail is there, like that blade of grass you cling to when descending a steep, rough hill. It’s not going to hold you up, but it gives you the psychological courage to move.
Good processes, like handrails, support an interesting journey in the right direction, they don’t force you into a single track.