At one time we may have gone to finishing schools to learn amongst other things, how to balance a book as well as a glass of water on our heads. But even with such acrobatic methods we are still susceptible to slouching and stiffening just as much as usual if not even more in our endeavours to stop it spilling. There is nothing natural about such a stance and we can get into an awful mess. So much for that!
What we really want is the poise of a young child who naturally stands at her full height and is free and expansive, all at the same time. That quality is not being displayed here. Droopy and collapsed shoulders are the habits we want to get out of. Lessons in the Alexander Technique help to promote quite a different quality and one that is closer to how nature intended us to be, free and expansive and not a book in sight.